Daily Archives: 2018-05-18

2018-05-18: News Headlines

David Swanson (2018-05-18). Tim Kaine's War Scam Hits a Speed Bump. counterpunch.org Virginia ought to be in the running for worst U.S. senators in the country, a couple of walking catastrophes empowered in part by their status as Democrats and, in one case, the status of rightful Vice President if not for various outrages, real (the Electoral College, vote suppression) and imagined (Vladimir Putin's evil manipulation of More

Andrew Levine (2018-05-18). The Donald, Vlad, and Bibi. counterpunch.org Since at least 1945, the United States has only fought stupid wars. Some have been stupider than others, but, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, Democrats and Republicans have supported them all. If Trump does get an Iran War going, count on bipartisan support for it too, though, for sheer stupidity, it would rival and perhaps even exceed the Kennedy-Johnson-Nixon war against Vietnam. More

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-18). GOP Farm Bill Fails in House—May Not Get a Another Vote Because Republicans Are Fighting About Immigration. alternet.org The controlling party couldn't pass its own legislation with its own members. | House Republican leadership worked hard to be sure that the farm bill could pass without any Democratic votes. They failed. Democrats held firm against the bill, with its expansion of work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and even though the bill had been tailored to pass muster with far-right extremists and had Donald Trump's support, 30 Republicans— many of them firmly in the extremist camp—voted against it. The final vote was 198 to 213. Now: The future of the bill is uncertain. Republican leaders are discussing ways to bring it up again. A re-vote could hinge on whether GOP leaders agree to a vote on a controversial immigration bill that many Republican moderates oppose. Those members, many running for re-election in competitive districts, are. . .

Grace Bennett, Media Matters (2018-05-18). Here's Everything You Need to Know About Right-Wing Theory That FBI Planted Spy in Trump Campaign. alternet.org The claim relies upon the testimony of a co-founder of Fusion GPS. | In recent days, many on the right have pushed the claim that the FBI "infiltrated" President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign with a "mole. " The claim relies upon the testimony of a co-founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm that hired a former British agent who compiled an intelligence dossier about Trump's connections to various Russians. The claim also builds off of a recent squabble between the Department of Justice and the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), over the release of classified information. Here is what you need to know about the story's origins: On January 2, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the founders of the research firm Fusion GPS, claimed in an op-ed that the FBI had a source "inside the. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-18). Senate vote to preserve net neutrality faces GOP roadblock. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The long campaign by unions and progressive groups to preserve "net neutrality" — open and unprejudiced access to the Internet for everybody, without discrimination by price or content — succeeded in the Senate on May 16. It now shifts to the House, where leaders of that chamber's ruling Republicans oppose it. That leaves more work […]…

John W. Whitehead (2018-05-18). The Age of Petty Tyrannies. counterpunch.org "Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers' enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and More

Robert Fantina (2018-05-18). What's Wrong With the United States? counterpunch.org Despite the myth perpetrated by United States spokespersons, the country is not, and never has been, a beacon of peace and freedom, the 'land of the free and the home of the brave', or a democracy that is the envy of the word. It is, and always has been, a racist, imperialist society, an oligarchy More

Karen J. Greenberg, Tom Dispatch (2018-05-18). How Trump Assaults the Very Language of American Democracy with Every Word He Utters. alternet.org Trump's strategic assault on democracy, word-by-word. | Consider us officially in an Orwellian world, though we only half realize it. While we were barely looking, significant parts of an American language long familiar to us quite literally, and in a remarkably coherent way, went down the equivalent of George Orwell's infamous Memory Hole. This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. This hit me in a personal way recently. I was asked to give a talk at an annual national security conference held in downtown Manhattan and aimed largely at an audience of college students. The organizer, who had pulled together a remarkable array of speakers, encountered problems in one particular area: his efforts to include representatives of the Trump administration in the gathering. Initially, administration officials he dealt with wouldn't even divulge the names of possible participants, only their titles, leaving who was coming. . .

Max Parry (2018-05-18). The U.S. Won't Say 'Genocide' But Cares About Armenian Democracy? counterpunch.org "Did Armenia just dance its way to revolution?" Mass demonstrations that have shut down Armenia leading to the replacement of its prime minister have queued the obligatory western media push for regime change. Already dubbed a 'Velvet Revolution' after the 1989 protests that collapsed communist Czechoslovakia, there have been so many 'color revolutions' in former More

Manmeet Sahni (2018-05-18). The Western Media's Fear and Loathing of Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Humanitarian crisis, starvation, migration, repressive government, economic crisis, sanctions, resistance, Communist Party, Chavez, hyperinflation, crackdown on corruption, election fraud: just some of the keywords used by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Reuters and the Miami Herald to describe Venezuela as it heads to the polls on May 20 to select its next president. | While some of these words might give a glimpse into the current situation in Venezuela, Western media's hyper-sensationalism of the nation's domestic affairs falls far short of addressing the realities on the ground. | On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver — a British comedian — attempted to shed light on the ongoing crisis by weaving some random anecdotes into a 20-minute segment. He outrightly dismissed crucial facts about Venezuela and its socialist history, coming perilously close to publicly endorsing the U.S. sanctions…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-05-18). Swing Status, Be Gone. counterpunch.org During the last nationwide election, the one before that, and the preceding one as well, I was led to believe my vote really doesn't count. Why? Because I don't live in what our political parties define as a "swing state", or a swing district, or a swing county. Our media focuses on races and on More

Staff (2018-05-18). Abortion Referrals to Cost Family Planning Clinics. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule banning federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, or sharing space with abortion providers. | The Department of Health and Human Services will announce its proposal Friday, a senior White House official said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the release. | The policy has been derided as a "gag rule" by abortion rights supporters and medical groups, and it is likely to trigger lawsuits that could keep it from taking effect. However, it's guaranteed to galvanize activists on both sides of the abortion debate going into the congressional midterm elections. | The announcement comes as President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the Susan B. Anthony List's "campaign for life" gala on Tuesday night. The group works to elect candidates who want to reduce and ultimately end abortion.

Alan Macleod (2018-05-18). A Primer on the Venezuelan Elections. counterpunch.org To an outsider, Venezuela can be a hard country to get your head around. The supposedly dictatorial government is pleading with the United Nations to send an international observation team to oversee the country's presidential elections on May 20th, while the major opposition parties are demanding they do not, boycotting the very vote they had More

Roger Harris (2018-05-18). Venezuela on the Eve of Presidential Elections: The US Empire Isn't Sitting by Idly. counterpunch.org "I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves." — US National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, 1970 Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is the frontrunner in More

Bruce Raynor (2018-05-18). In an Age of Fake News, Journalists Should be Activists for Truth. counterpunch.org President Trump has prompted a new era of attacks on journalists, emboldening other politicians across the country and around the globe to follow suit. These assaults on the credibility of the news media have already had an alarming impact: Two months before the 2016 presidential election, Gallup found that Americans' trust in mass media fell More

Brian Saady (2018-05-18). How the "Cocaine Mitch" Saga Deflected the Spotlight on Corruption. counterpunch.org The West Virginia Senate Republican Primary ended last week with Don Blankenship in third place. He would have otherwise been considered a fringe candidate, but a series of attack ads against Mitch McConnell launched him onto the national scene. Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, is no stranger to controversy. He served a year More

Zaid Jilani (2018-05-18). "Medicare for All" Becomes Issue in Race for Al Franken's Senate Seat. theintercept.com When Sen. Al Franken resigned, the "Medicare for all" bill lost a sponsor. The Democrats vying to replace Franken are split on whether they'll support it.

Deconstructed (2018-05-18). How the Trumps Screwed Palestine. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | On Monday, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and other members of the Trump administration celebrated the opening of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, while at the same time and just a few miles away, Israeli snipers shot at hundreds of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza. More than 60 people were killed in a single day, including children. Predictably, the U.S. media went into pro-Israeli propaganda mode, blaming all of the violence and killing on Hamas, which for all its many sins, didn't actually kill anyone this week. On this week's episode of Deconstructed, two Palestinians join Mehdi Hasan to discuss U.S. coverage of Palestine and how to get prominent Democratic politicians to take…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-17). The FBI Is Literally Working to Protect a Source Because Trump's Allies Are So Dangerous: Report. alternet.org The Washington Post revealed that the tense standoff between the DOJ and congressional Republicans is escalating. | Despite the fact that House Republican's repeated requests for sensitive information on the origins of the Russia investigation reportedly risk endangering the life of a crucial FBI informant, President Donald Trump's allies are still pushing to have the underlying facts revealed, according to a new report in the Washington Post. The FBI is so concerned about the demands, the report found, that it is actively taking steps to reduce the risk. As the story explains: The stakes are so high that the FBI has been working over the past two weeks to mitigate the potential damage if the source's identity is revealed, according to several people familiar with the matter. The bureau is taking steps to protect other live investigations that the person has worked on. . .

Hunter, Daily Kos (2018-05-17). This Republican Congressman Seriously Suggested Sea Levels Are Rising Because of Falling Rocks. alternet.org "Every time you have that soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise [. . . ]" | One of the worst duties of being a top-level American scientist or researcher is that you get summoned before House Republicans so they can explain why, in their minds, the entire collected research that you and tens of thousands of others have participated in is probably wrong because of Shit They Just Made Up. It might help to imagine Woods Hole Research Center President Philip Duffy as having wandered into a local bar, and Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks as a sloshed-out-of-his-mind patron regaling him with Drunk Guy ideas about the real causes of sea level rise. For example, says Brooks, maybe it's not thermodynamics or melting ice sheets causing our oceans to rise, Maybe it is. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-17). 'An All-Out Propaganda War': CNN Analyst Dissects the Trump Team's Dirty Tactics to Undermine Mueller. alternet.org "I think it's hurting our democracy to erode public trust in these institutions. " | CNN analyst David Gergen delivered a searing critique of President Donald Trump and his allies' efforts to undermine the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation Thursday night. "This is an all-out propaganda war," Gergen said. "Hand-to-hand conflict, conducted by one side, conducted by the White House and, as you say, by the president's allies, who are doing everything they can to discredit the investigation, to discredit the institutions of the FBI and Justice Department in order to drive public opinion in the president's direction. "Gergen also bemoaned the fact that there has been no corresponding voice going in the opposition direction. Mueller's team, after all, does not appear to leak and has rightfully stayed out of the press, but it has become vulnerable to attack. At the same time, no Democrat. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-17). 'Easy to See Why Mueller Makes Him Sweat': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Explains Why the Russia Probe Is a Major Threat to Trump. alternet.org "So far, no one's gone down for lying about Canada. " | As special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign hits the one-year mark, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace explained why the impressive scope and pace of the investigation should terrify the president. On Thursday's episode of "Deadline: White House," Wallace explained that Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has recently shifted tactics to arguing that a sitting president can't be indicted. "Not being able to indict a president isn't the same as maintaining that the president is innocent of crimes around possible collusion or obstruction," she said. "And if you look at the scope of people who have been before Mueller's investigators — people like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Hope Hicks, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Mike Pompeo and Don. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-17). Paul Manafort's Former Son-in-Law Has Secretly Flipped to Work with Federal Investigators: Reports. alternet.org The plea agreement is reportedly under seal — but it might still be used to pressure Trump's former campaign chair. | Jeffrey Yohai is not particularly famous, but he may be playing a major role in the most noteworthy investigation in the country, according to multiple reports Thursday. Yohai is the former business partner and former son-in-law of Paul Manafort — he divorced Manafort's daughter last August — and according to reports from Reuters and NBC News, he has pleaded guilty to federal investigators and has agreed to cooperate with the government on other matters. Manafort, who served is President Donald Trump's campaign manager during a crucial period ahead of the 2016 presidential election, has faced indictments on multiple charges from special counsel Robert Mueller. It's not yet clear if Yohai is cooperating in Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. . .

RT (2018-05-17). Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA chief despite her torture past. rt.com Gina Haspel is the new director of the CIA, after getting confirmed in the US Senate. Several Democrats crossed the aisle and gave her the green light, despite objecting to Haspel's role in the CIA's torture program.
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RT (2018-05-17). Happy b-day, Mueller probe! What happened to the 'Russia collusion,' though? rt.com The special investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election will hit the one-year mark this Thursday, having so far produced zero evidence of collusion between Donald Trump and the Kremlin.
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RT (2018-05-17). To 'protect democracy,' scandal-fearing Facebook teams up with 'unbiased' Atlantic Council. rt.com Would you like a think tank advocating acts of terrorism, war and suppression of the media working with Facebook to protect democracy and elections worldwide? If so, great news!
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RT (2018-05-17). Justice Department IG finishes report on Clinton email case, Comey & Co. brace for impact. rt.com The Justice Department Inspector General has finished its report into law enforcement's handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. Officials named in the report will now review it, and many have a lot at stake. |
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RT (2018-05-17). Who framed President Putin? CIA veteran hints at culprit, slams Senate-backed 'collusion' tale. rt.com A Senate committee thinks it's a viable scenario that Vladimir Putin ordered the manipulation of US elections to install Donald Trump as president. A CIA veteran of 55 years believes it's more likely the spy agency framed Russia.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-17). Central African Republic: Crucial Court For Victims. hrw.org Congolese Special Prosecutor Toussaint Muntazini (R) and the five other judges of the Special Criminal Court (SCC)—which is to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic since 2003—sit at the National Assembly in Bangui, having been sworn in on June 30, 2017. | © 2017 Saber Jendoubi/AFP/Getty Images | (Nairobi) — Recent violence in the Central African Republic makes the country's new Special Criminal Court especially important as a means to offer justice to victims of brutal crimes committed during the country's conflicts, Human Rights Watch said today. A new report by Human Rights Watch finds that the court will need more support from the United Nations and government donors to prosecute grave crimes, including widespread killings, rape and sexual violence, and destruction of…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-16). Arrest, Don't Execute Burundi Killers. hrw.org Mass funeral held on May 15, 2018 for 26 people killed in Ruhagarika, Burundi, on May 11. | © 2018 Private | Last Friday night, a group of assailants armed with guns and machetes, some in military uniforms, entered a small Burundi village near the Democratic Republic of Congo border and started attacking civilians. | According to witnesses, the assailants killed 26 people, including 11 children. At least 12 of the victims had family members in the police, and two may have been members of the ruling party's youth league, the Imbonerakure, which may suggest they were targeted by armed opposition groups based in Congo. | "They came without warning," one resident told me. "When I realized they were attacking homes, I ran into nearby manioc fields to hide. I returned around midnight,…

RT (2018-05-16). Collusion everywhere? US media suspect Mueller of links to Russian billionaire. rt.com Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the man leading the probe into alleged collusion between US President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia, has himself fallen under suspicion of having ties to a Russian oligarch. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-16). Singapore: Drop Charges for Criticizing Judiciary. hrw.org Activist Jolovan Wham (center) leaves the State Court after a hearing in Singapore, November 29, 2017. | © 2017 REUTERS/Edgar Su | (New York) — Singapore authorities should end contempt proceedings against two critics of the government for comments on social media critical of the country's judiciary, Human Rights Watch said today. | Jolovan Wham, an activist, was charged with contempt for writing on Facebook on April 27, 2018, that "Malaysia's judges are more independent than Singapore's for cases with political implications." John Tan, the vice-chairman of the opposition Social Democratic Party, faces contempt charges for commenting on his Facebook page that Wham's prosecution "only confirms that what he said is true." | "Expressing an opinion about Singapore's judiciary should not be a criminal offense, and the cases against Wham and Tan should be…

RT (2018-05-16). The art of disaster: 5 times Trump kept election promises, but probably shouldn't have (VIDEO). rt.com Donald Trump has been hailed as a leader who keeps his promises. But the horrific violence and diplomatic rows in the wake of the US embassy's move to Jerusalem illustrate how not all campaign pledges are created equal.
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RT (2018-05-16). 'No focus on Russian activities' – Donald Jr. on Trump Tower meeting in interview transcripts. rt.com The 2016 Trump Tower meeting set up to reveal dirt on Hillary Clinton "infuriated" Jared Kushner, was a "waste of time" and had nothing to do with Clinton, according to transcripts of interviews with the meeting's participants.
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David Dayen (2018-05-16). Bill Aimed at Saving Community Banks Is Already Killing Them. theintercept.com After initial reluctance, House Republicans have finally reached an agreement to move forward on a bipartisan bank deregulation bill that the Senate passed in March. Its stated aim — to help rural community banks thrive against growing Wall Street power — appears to have been enough to power it across the finish line. | But banking industry analysts say the bill is already having the opposite effect, and its loosening of regulations on medium-sized banks is encouraging a rush of consolidation — all of which ends with an increasing number of community banks being swallowed up and closed down. | "We absolutely expect bank consolidation to accelerate," Wells Fargo's Mike Mayo told CNBC the day after the Senate passed the deregulation bill in March. The reason? Banks no longer face the prospect of stricter and more costly regulatory scrutiny as they…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-16). Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim Finally Freed. hrw.org Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, who was granted a royal pardon, arrives to speak to supporters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 16, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, twice imprisoned on politically motivated sodomy and corruption charges, walked free from prison today with a full pardon. It was a day for celebration — for his family, his supporters, and for long-suppressed advocates of human rights in Malaysia. | It was also, perhaps, a day that will mark a new beginning for the rule of law in that country. | The release of Anwar, a former deputy prime minister and head of the opposition People's Justice Party until his imprisonment, is the first tangible result of the unexpected election victory last week of a coalition that saw Ibrahim's party align with Mahathir…

RT (2018-05-15). 'Ultimately done damage': Haspel condemns CIA torture in attempt to win over Democrats. rt.com Gina Haspel, US President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next CIA director, has penned a letter admitting that the spy agency should not have carried out the post-9/11 torture and detention program. |
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Cora Currier (2018-05-15). Gina Haspel and the Fiction of a Feminist CIA. theintercept.com Since the announcement of Gina Haspel as the Trump administration's nominee to lead the CIA, the White House, the agency, and its defenders have leaned heavily on the fact of Haspel's gender, singling out its historic significance, and suggesting that she ought to be supported because of it. They use it to undermine critics who believe that the most salient thing to consider about Haspel is her role overseeing a CIA black site prison in Thailand, where people were tortured, and her role in the destruction of videotapes of interrogation sessions. | White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted last weekend that "any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite," while Trump's tweets often mention she's "a woman." | There's obvious hypocrisy in the Trump administration claiming to support…

RT (2018-05-15). All aboard the deportation bus! Georgia governor candidate launches campaign tour. rt.com A Republican candidate in Georgia unveiled his "Deportation Bus Tour," a campaign gimmick that will see him tour the US state's sanctuary cities drumming up support for his tough immigration policies. |
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Zaid Jilani (2018-05-15). No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer Defends Israeli Military Actions in Gaza. theintercept.com Amid a growing chorus of condemnation of Israeli violence by American lawmakers this week, the House's second-highest ranking Democratic, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, defended Israel's violence against Palestinian protesters and stood by the Trump administration's controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. | "Israel's in a tough situation. It's trying to defend its borders," Hoyer said in response to a question from The Intercept at a pen-and-pad session on Tuesday with reporters on Capitol Hill. "All the world would hope that it would be done so in a peaceful manner, but when you have a terrorist organization in front of you, that is historically and continuing to use violence, that makes it very tough." | Hoyer, the minority whip, was referring to a threat he claimed Israel faces from Hamas. But it was unarmed civilian protesters, not militants,…

RT (2018-05-15). Dark transparency: How accountability tool turned into instrument of corruption. rt.com Transparency in politics is usually seen as a crucial element to a functioning democracy, but the flip side to that openness and accountability is the corruption that it inadvertently enables. |
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RT (2018-05-12). Reps or Dems, all US govts are 'oppressive,' says Chelsea Manning. rt.com All US governments are oppressive, regardless of whether they're run by Republicans or Democrats, activist Chelsea Manning said during a rally for J20 defendants in Washington DC.
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Katherine Krueger (2018-05-11). WaPo Positions Support for Torturer as Vote for Feminism. fair.org As the war over Gina Haspel's nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency has waged on this week, we've been gifted an incredible batch of corporate media apologias for the CIA's decades-long legacy of torture, extrajudicial killings and civil liberties violations. Perhaps most remarkably, these outlets have spent hundreds of words arguing that Haspel should be confirmed as the next director of the CIA—despite having overseen a black site prison where detainees were brutally tortured, and directing the destruction of evidence of this illegal and inhumane practice—because it's the feminist thing to do. | This was the perfect line for the Trump administration's Haspel push—a notion informed both by the Republicans' elementary understanding of identity politics and their obsession with calling out perceived liberal hypocrisy: After all, how could any self-respecting Democrat vote against a woman to usher the United States' international spying…

RT (2018-05-11). Worst meddler ever? 'Russian' Facebook ads 'trolling US election' went completely unseen. rt.com As US politicians accuse Russia of planting divisive Facebook ads during the election, they're unwilling to acknowledge that many of those ads weren't seen by a single soul, or were mere reprints of reports in US mainstream media.
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RT (2018-05-11). Democrats' lead melting ahead of midterms as Trump turns hawkish. rt.com President Donald Trump campaigned on anti-war talking points, but a recent hawkish turn has not hurt him in the polls. Quite the opposite: recent figures show the Democrats' lead melting ahead of the 2018 midterms.
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GOP Farm Bill Fails in House–May Not Get a Another Vote Because Republicans Are Fighting About Immigration
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
The controlling party couldn't pass its own legislation with its own members. | House Republican leadership worked hard to be sure that the farm bill could pass without any Democratic votes. They failed. Democrats held firm against the bill, with its expansion of work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and even though the bill had been tailored to pass muster with far-right extremists and had Donald Trump's support, 30 Republicans– many of them firmly in the extremist camp–voted against it. The final vote was 198 to 213. Now: The future of the bill is uncertain. Republican leaders are discussing ways to bring it up again. A re-vote could hinge on whether GOP leaders agree to a vote on a controversial immigration bill that many Republican moderates oppose. Those members, many running for re-election in competitive districts, are. . .
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Tim Kaine's War Scam Hits a Speed Bump
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Virginia ought to be in the running for worst U.S. senators in the country, a couple of walking catastrophes empowered in part by their status as Democrats and, in one case, the status of rightful Vice President if not for various outrages, real (the Electoral College, vote suppression) and imagined (Vladimir Putin's evil manipulation of…
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The Donald, Vlad, and Bibi
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Since at least 1945, the United States has only fought stupid wars. Some have been stupider than others, but, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, Democrats and Republicans have supported them all. If Trump does get an Iran War going, count on bipartisan support for it too, though, for sheer stupidity, it would rival and perhaps even exceed the Kennedy-Johnson-Nixon war against Vietnam.
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Senate vote to preserve net neutrality faces GOP roadblock
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-18
WASHINGTON–The long campaign by unions and progressive groups to preserve "net neutrality" — open and unprejudiced access to the Internet for everybody, without discrimination by price or content — succeeded in the Senate on May 16. It now shifts to the House, where leaders of that chamber's ruling Republicans oppose it. That leaves more work …

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What's Wrong With the United States?
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Despite the myth perpetrated by United States spokespersons, the country is not, and never has been, a beacon of peace and freedom, the 'land of the free and the home of the brave', or a democracy that is the envy of the word. It is, and always has been, a racist, imperialist society, an oligarchy…
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How Trump Assaults the Very Language of American Democracy with Every Word He Utters
Karen J. Greenberg, Tom Dispatch | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
Trump's strategic assault on democracy, word-by-word. | Consider us officially in an Orwellian world, though we only half realize it. While we were barely looking, significant parts of an American language long familiar to us quite literally, and in a remarkably coherent way, went down the equivalent of George Orwell's infamous Memory Hole. This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. This hit me in a personal way recently. I was asked to give a talk at an annual national security conference held in downtown Manhattan and aimed largely at an audience of college students. The organizer, who had pulled together a remarkable array of speakers, encountered problems in one particular area: his efforts to include representatives of the Trump administration in the gathering. Initially, administration officials he dealt with wouldn't even divulge the names of possible participants, only their titles, leaving who was coming. . .
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The U.S. Won't Say 'Genocide' But Cares About Armenian Democracy?
Max Parry | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
"Did Armenia just dance its way to revolution?" Mass demonstrations that have shut down Armenia leading to the replacement of its prime minister have queued the obligatory western media push for regime change. Already dubbed a 'Velvet Revolution' after the 1989 protests that collapsed communist Czechoslovakia, there have been so many 'color revolutions' in former…
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The Western Media's Fear and Loathing of Venezuela
Manmeet Sahni | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-18
Humanitarian crisis, starvation, migration, repressive government, economic crisis, sanctions, resistance, Communist Party, Chavez, hyperinflation, crackdown on corruption, election fraud: just some of the keywords used by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Reuters and the Miami Herald to describe Venezuela as it heads to the polls on May 20 to select its next president. | While some of these words might give a glimpse into the current situation in Venezuela, Western media's hyper-sensationalism of the nation's domestic affairs falls far short of addressing the realities on the ground. | On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver — a British comedian — attempted to shed light on the ongoing crisis by weaving some random anecdotes into a 20-minute segment. He outrightly dismissed crucial facts about Venezuela and its socialist history, coming perilously close to publicly endorsing the U.S. sanctions…

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In an Age of Fake News, Journalists Should be Activists for Truth
Bruce Raynor | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
President Trump has prompted a new era of attacks on journalists, emboldening other politicians across the country and around the globe to follow suit. These assaults on the credibility of the news media have already had an alarming impact: Two months before the 2016 presidential election, Gallup found that Americans' trust in mass media fell…
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Here's Why Sexting Needs to Be Included in Sex Education Curricula
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
Teens need to be prepared for the challenges of a digital age. | Sex education remains a fiercely debated topic, both in the media and among politicians. A recent controversial segment on Fox News' The Ingraham Angle discussed whether schools should teach students about "sexting" (sharing sexually explicit images or videos through electronic means). In Canada's largest province, the leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservative party recently vowed to repeal the sex-education curriculum if elected premier in next month's election. We cannot politicize the reality of sexual behaviours in youth. The reality is that almost half of youth in the United States have sex prior to leaving high school. Teen sexting is also common. A study of more than 110,000 teens suggests that one in every seven are sending sexts, and one in four are receiving sexts. This number is on the. . .
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Swing Status, Be Gone
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
During the last nationwide election, the one before that, and the preceding one as well, I was led to believe my vote really doesn't count. Why? Because I don't live in what our political parties define as a "swing state", or a swing district, or a swing county. Our media focuses on races and on…
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Abortion Referrals to Cost Family Planning Clinics
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-18
WASHINGTON–The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule banning federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, or sharing space with abortion providers. | The Department of Health and Human Services will announce its proposal Friday, a senior White House official said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the release. | The policy has been derided as a "gag rule" by abortion rights supporters and medical groups, and it is likely to trigger lawsuits that could keep it from taking effect. However, it's guaranteed to galvanize activists on both sides of the abortion debate going into the congressional midterm elections. | The announcement comes as President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the Susan B. Anthony List's "campaign for life" gala on Tuesday night. The group works to elect candidates who want to reduce and ultimately end abortion.
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A Primer on the Venezuelan Elections
Alan Macleod | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
To an outsider, Venezuela can be a hard country to get your head around. The supposedly dictatorial government is pleading with the United Nations to send an international observation team to oversee the country's presidential elections on May 20th, while the major opposition parties are demanding they do not, boycotting the very vote they had…
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Venezuela on the Eve of Presidential Elections: The US Empire Isn't Sitting by Idly
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
"I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves." — US National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, 1970 Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is the frontrunner in…
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How the "Cocaine Mitch" Saga Deflected the Spotlight on Corruption
Brian Saady | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
The West Virginia Senate Republican Primary ended last week with Don Blankenship in third place. He would have otherwise been considered a fringe candidate, but a series of attack ads against Mitch McConnell launched him onto the national scene. Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, is no stranger to controversy. He served a year…
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How the Trumps Screwed Palestine
Deconstructed | theintercept.com | 2018-05-18
Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | On Monday, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and other members of the Trump administration celebrated the opening of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, while at the same time and just a few miles away, Israeli snipers shot at hundreds of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza. More than 60 people were killed in a single day, including children. Predictably, the U.S. media went into pro-Israeli propaganda mode, blaming all of the violence and killing on Hamas, which for all its many sins, didn't actually kill anyone this week. On this week's episode of Deconstructed, two Palestinians join Mehdi Hasan to discuss U.S. coverage of Palestine and how to get prominent Democratic politicians to take…
theintercept.com/2018/05/18/how-the-trum…

"Medicare for All" Becomes Issue in Race for Al Franken's Senate Seat
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-05-18
When Sen. Al Franken resigned, the "Medicare for all" bill lost a sponsor. The Democrats vying to replace Franken are split on whether they'll support it. | The post "Medicare for All" Becomes Issue in Race for Al Franken's Senate Seat appeared first on The Intercept.
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This Republican Congressman Seriously Suggested Sea Levels Are Rising Because of Falling Rocks
Hunter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-17
"Every time you have that soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise [. . . ]" | One of the worst duties of being a top-level American scientist or researcher is that you get summoned before House Republicans so they can explain why, in their minds, the entire collected research that you and tens of thousands of others have participated in is probably wrong because of Shit They Just Made Up. It might help to imagine Woods Hole Research Center President Philip Duffy as having wandered into a local bar, and Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks as a sloshed-out-of-his-mind patron regaling him with Drunk Guy ideas about the real causes of sea level rise. For example, says Brooks, maybe it's not thermodynamics or melting ice sheets causing our oceans to rise, Maybe it is. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/repub…

The FBI Is Literally Working to Protect a Source Because Trump's Allies Are So Dangerous: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-17
The Washington Post revealed that the tense standoff between the DOJ and congressional Republicans is escalating. | Despite the fact that House Republican's repeated requests for sensitive information on the origins of the Russia investigation reportedly risk endangering the life of a crucial FBI informant, President Donald Trump's allies are still pushing to have the underlying facts revealed, according to a new report in the Washington Post. The FBI is so concerned about the demands, the report found, that it is actively taking steps to reduce the risk. As the story explains: The stakes are so high that the FBI has been working over the past two weeks to mitigate the potential damage if the source's identity is revealed, according to several people familiar with the matter. The bureau is taking steps to protect other live investigations that the person has worked on. . .
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'An All-Out Propaganda War': CNN Analyst Dissects the Trump Team's Dirty Tactics to Undermine Mueller
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-17
"I think it's hurting our democracy to erode public trust in these institutions. " | CNN analyst David Gergen delivered a searing critique of President Donald Trump and his allies' efforts to undermine the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation Thursday night. "This is an all-out propaganda war," Gergen said. "Hand-to-hand conflict, conducted by one side, conducted by the White House and, as you say, by the president's allies, who are doing everything they can to discredit the investigation, to discredit the institutions of the FBI and Justice Department in order to drive public opinion in the president's direction. "Gergen also bemoaned the fact that there has been no corresponding voice going in the opposition direction. Mueller's team, after all, does not appear to leak and has rightfully stayed out of the press, but it has become vulnerable to attack. At the same time, no Democrat. . .
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Paul Manafort's Former Son-in-Law Has Secretly Flipped to Work with Federal Investigators: Reports
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-17
The plea agreement is reportedly under seal — but it might still be used to pressure Trump's former campaign chair. | Jeffrey Yohai is not particularly famous, but he may be playing a major role in the most noteworthy investigation in the country, according to multiple reports Thursday. Yohai is the former business partner and former son-in-law of Paul Manafort — he divorced Manafort's daughter last August — and according to reports from Reuters and NBC News, he has pleaded guilty to federal investigators and has agreed to cooperate with the government on other matters. Manafort, who served is President Donald Trump's campaign manager during a crucial period ahead of the 2016 presidential election, has faced indictments on multiple charges from special counsel Robert Mueller. It's not yet clear if Yohai is cooperating in Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. . .
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'Easy to See Why Mueller Makes Him Sweat': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Explains Why the Russia Probe Is a Major Threat to Trump
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-17
"So far, no one's gone down for lying about Canada. " | As special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign hits the one-year mark, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace explained why the impressive scope and pace of the investigation should terrify the president. On Thursday's episode of "Deadline: White House," Wallace explained that Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has recently shifted tactics to arguing that a sitting president can't be indicted. "Not being able to indict a president isn't the same as maintaining that the president is innocent of crimes around possible collusion or obstruction," she said. "And if you look at the scope of people who have been before Mueller's investigators — people like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Hope Hicks, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Mike Pompeo and Don. . .
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Republican Congressman Offers Mind-Numbing Explanation for Rising Sea Levels
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-17
In 2015, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., set the bar for Republican climate denialism when he presented a snowball on the Senate floor as evidence that global warming is, in fact, a hoax. Three years later, the GOP may have found a new standard-bearer. | During a House Science Committee hearing Wednesday on how technology can be used to address climate change, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., hypothesized that rising sea levels were not a product of climbing temperatures but of fragments of earth tumbling into the ocean. | "Every time you have that soil or rock deposited into the seas, that causes the sea level to rise, because now you've got less space in those oceans, because the bottom is moving up," he explained. "What about the white cliffs of Dover, Calif., where time and time again you're having the waves crash…
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Justice Department IG finishes report on Clinton email case, Comey & Co. brace for impact
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-17
The Justice Department Inspector General has finished its report into law enforcement's handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. Officials named in the report will now review it, and many have a lot at stake. …
www.rt.com/usa/427050-justice-department…

Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA chief despite her torture past
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-17
Gina Haspel is the new director of the CIA, after getting confirmed in the US Senate. Several Democrats crossed the aisle and gave her the green light, despite objecting to Haspel's role in the CIA's torture program. …
www.rt.com/usa/427042-haspel-cia-senate-…

To 'protect democracy,' scandal-fearing Facebook teams up with 'unbiased' Atlantic Council
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-17
Would you like a think tank advocating acts of terrorism, war and suppression of the media working with Facebook to protect democracy and elections worldwide? If so, great news! …
www.rt.com/usa/427046-facebook-atlantic-…

Central African Republic: Crucial Court For Victims
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-17
Congolese Special Prosecutor Toussaint Muntazini (R) and the five other judges of the Special Criminal Court (SCC)–which is to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic since 2003–sit at the National Assembly in Bangui, having been sworn in on June 30, 2017. | © 2017 Saber Jendoubi/AFP/Getty Images | (Nairobi) — Recent violence in the Central African Republic makes the country's new Special Criminal Court especially important as a means to offer justice to victims of brutal crimes committed during the country's conflicts, Human Rights Watch said today. A new report by Human Rights Watch finds that the court will need more support from the United Nations and government donors to prosecute grave crimes, including widespread killings, rape and sexual violence, and destruction of…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/17/central-afri…

Who framed President Putin? CIA veteran hints at culprit, slams Senate-backed 'collusion' tale
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-17
A Senate committee thinks it's a viable scenario that Vladimir Putin ordered the manipulation of US elections to install Donald Trump as president. A CIA veteran of 55 years believes it's more likely the spy agency framed Russia. …
www.rt.com/usa/427008-senate-russia-coll…

Happy b-day, Mueller probe! What happened to the 'Russia collusion,' though?
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-17
The special investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election will hit the one-year mark this Thursday, having so far produced zero evidence of collusion between Donald Trump and the Kremlin. …
www.rt.com/usa/427020-mueller-probe-birt…

Writing Off Democracy in Venezuela, US Press and Politicians Dream of a Coup
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2018-05-16
When are elections free and fair, according to corporate media? When the US government says they are. | The May 20 Venezuelan presidential elections pit Hugo Chavez's successor, President Nicolas Maduro, against opposition challenger Henri Falcon. Maduro has called for the United Nations to observe and oversee the contest. Despite calling for elections throughout 2017, many local opposition groups, together with the US government, have demanded no observers should come, arguing that it would "validate" the elections, and have preemptively decided they will not recognize the victor. Miami Herald ( 5/2/18) | The US State Department ( 2/8/18) has cast doubt on the validity of the elections, claiming they represent a "dismantling" of Venezuela's democracy, as "they do not have the agreement of all political parties." That the country is ruled by a dictator presiding over fake elections is taken as…
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Collusion everywhere? US media suspect Mueller of links to Russian billionaire
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the man leading the probe into alleged collusion between US President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia, has himself fallen under suspicion of having ties to a Russian oligarch. …
www.rt.com/usa/426943-mueller-collusion-…

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim Finally Freed
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-16
Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, who was granted a royal pardon, arrives to speak to supporters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 16, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, twice imprisoned on politically motivated sodomy and corruption charges, walked free from prison today with a full pardon. It was a day for celebration — for his family, his supporters, and for long-suppressed advocates of human rights in Malaysia. | It was also, perhaps, a day that will mark a new beginning for the rule of law in that country. | The release of Anwar, a former deputy prime minister and head of the opposition People's Justice Party until his imprisonment, is the first tangible result of the unexpected election victory last week of a coalition that saw Ibrahim's party align with Mahathir…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/16/malaysias-an…

Arrest, Don't Execute Burundi Killers
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-16
Mass funeral held on May 15, 2018 for 26 people killed in Ruhagarika, Burundi, on May 11. | © 2018 Private | Last Friday night, a group of assailants armed with guns and machetes, some in military uniforms, entered a small Burundi village near the Democratic Republic of Congo border and started attacking civilians. | According to witnesses, the assailants killed 26 people, including 11 children. At least 12 of the victims had family members in the police, and two may have been members of the ruling party's youth league, the Imbonerakure, which may suggest they were targeted by armed opposition groups based in Congo. | "They came without warning," one resident told me. "When I realized they were attacking homes, I ran into nearby manioc fields to hide. I returned around midnight,…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/16/arrest-dont-…

Anti-Islam Movement Has New Rallying Cry — Let's Delete Verses of the Quran
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2018-05-16
You think life is bad for Muslims in Trump's America? Spare a thought for the Muslims of France. | Over the past few years, they have been collectively blamed, and punished, for a series of horrific terror attacks carried out in France by so-called jihadists. The latest, a knife attack in Paris by a man shouting "Allahu akbar," killed one person and injured four others last weekend. | While anti-Muslim bigotry has become a hallmark of the Republican right in America, in France it is a truly bipartisan affair. Islamophobia is peddled by the left and right alike, with both socialists and conservatives falling over one another to defend French secularism, or laàØcité, by demonizing French Muslims. | Consider: Successive French governments have criminalized the face veil and banned the headscarf in schools. French mayors have targeted…
theintercept.com/2018/05/16/anti-muslim-…

'No focus on Russian activities' – Donald Jr. on Trump Tower meeting in interview transcripts
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
The 2016 Trump Tower meeting set up to reveal dirt on Hillary Clinton "infuriated" Jared Kushner, was a "waste of time" and had nothing to do with Clinton, according to transcripts of interviews with the meeting's participants. …
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Bill Aimed at Saving Community Banks Is Already Killing Them
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-05-16
After initial reluctance, House Republicans have finally reached an agreement to move forward on a bipartisan bank deregulation bill that the Senate passed in March. Its stated aim — to help rural community banks thrive against growing Wall Street power — appears to have been enough to power it across the finish line. | But banking industry analysts say the bill is already having the opposite effect, and its loosening of regulations on medium-sized banks is encouraging a rush of consolidation — all of which ends with an increasing number of community banks being swallowed up and closed down. | "We absolutely expect bank consolidation to accelerate," Wells Fargo's Mike Mayo told CNBC the day after the Senate passed the deregulation bill in March. The reason? Banks no longer face the prospect of stricter and more costly regulatory scrutiny as they…
theintercept.com/2018/05/16/wall-street-…

Singapore: Drop Charges for Criticizing Judiciary
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-16
Activist Jolovan Wham (center) leaves the State Court after a hearing in Singapore, November 29, 2017. | © 2017 REUTERS/Edgar Su | (New York) — Singapore authorities should end contempt proceedings against two critics of the government for comments on social media critical of the country's judiciary, Human Rights Watch said today. | Jolovan Wham, an activist, was charged with contempt for writing on Facebook on April 27, 2018, that "Malaysia's judges are more independent than Singapore's for cases with political implications." John Tan, the vice-chairman of the opposition Social Democratic Party, faces contempt charges for commenting on his Facebook page that Wham's prosecution "only confirms that what he said is true." | "Expressing an opinion about Singapore's judiciary should not be a criminal offense, and the cases against Wham and Tan should be…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/16/singapore-dr…

The art of disaster: 5 times Trump kept election promises, but probably shouldn't have (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
Donald Trump has been hailed as a leader who keeps his promises. But the horrific violence and diplomatic rows in the wake of the US embassy's move to Jerusalem illustrate how not all campaign pledges are created equal. …
www.rt.com/usa/426881-trump-keeps-promis…

Dark transparency: How accountability tool turned into instrument of corruption
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-15
Transparency in politics is usually seen as a crucial element to a functioning democracy, but the flip side to that openness and accountability is the corruption that it inadvertently enables. …
www.rt.com/usa/426804-how-transparency-h…

'Ultimately done damage': Haspel condemns CIA torture in attempt to win over Democrats
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-15
Gina Haspel, US President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next CIA director, has penned a letter admitting that the spy agency should not have carried out the post-9/11 torture and detention program. …
www.rt.com/usa/426833-haspel-letter-demo…

All aboard the deportation bus! Georgia governor candidate launches campaign tour
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-15
A Republican candidate in Georgia unveiled his "Deportation Bus Tour," a campaign gimmick that will see him tour the US state's sanctuary cities drumming up support for his tough immigration policies. …
www.rt.com/usa/426825-georgia-governor-d…

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

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

Reps or Dems, all US govts are 'oppressive,' says Chelsea Manning
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-12
All US governments are oppressive, regardless of whether they're run by Republicans or Democrats, activist Chelsea Manning said during a rally for J20 defendants in Washington DC. …
www.rt.com/usa/426552-manning-us-governm…

WaPo Positions Support for Torturer as Vote for Feminism
Katherine Krueger | fair.org | 2018-05-11
As the war over Gina Haspel's nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency has waged on this week, we've been gifted an incredible batch of corporate media apologias for the CIA's decades-long legacy of torture, extrajudicial killings and civil liberties violations. Perhaps most remarkably, these outlets have spent hundreds of words arguing that Haspel should be confirmed as the next director of the CIA–despite having overseen a black site prison where detainees were brutally tortured, and directing the destruction of evidence of this illegal and inhumane practice–because it's the feminist thing to do. | This was the perfect line for the Trump administration's Haspel push–a notion informed both by the Republicans' elementary understanding of identity politics and their obsession with calling out perceived liberal hypocrisy: After all, how could any self-respecting Democrat vote against a woman to usher the United States' international spying…
fair.org/home/wapo-positions-support-for…

Democrats' lead melting ahead of midterms as Trump turns hawkish
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-11
President Donald Trump campaigned on anti-war talking points, but a recent hawkish turn has not hurt him in the polls. Quite the opposite: recent figures show the Democrats' lead melting ahead of the 2018 midterms. …
www.rt.com/usa/426517-trump-war-republic…

Worst meddler ever? 'Russian' Facebook ads 'trolling US election' went completely unseen
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-11
As US politicians accuse Russia of planting divisive Facebook ads during the election, they're unwilling to acknowledge that many of those ads weren't seen by a single soul, or were mere reprints of reports in US mainstream media. …
www.rt.com/news/426496-russia-facebook-u…

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