Daily Archives: 2018-06-04

2018-06-04: News Headlines

Dean Baker (2018-06-04). Trumpian Boasts About the Trump Tax Cuts. counterpunch.org Folks may remember that the Republicans sold their tax plan, which centered on a big cut in corporate taxes, with the promise that it will lead to a flood of investment. This would mean higher productivity growth, and therefore higher wages. Well, we aren't really seeing much evidence of that increase to date, but that More

Laura Flanders (2018-06-04). Throwing Shade Not Light on Youth Voting. counterpunch.org It's the summer before midterm elections, and the political forecast is already promising heavy showers of skepticism about young voters. The seasonal downpour is especially important this year because, for the first time, 18-35-year-old "millennials"—and their even younger counterparts, "generation z"—will be America's single largest voting block with power to swing the result if they More

Mike Ludwig, Truthout (2018-06-03). Trump Peddles False Hope to the Terminally Ill With 'Right to Try' Law. alternet.org Critics say Right to Try is a stealth attempt by libertarian ideologues to undermine patients' rights and chip away at the FDA's regulatory authority over chemicals that have yet to be proven safe and effective. | With the latest revelations about his soured relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions dominating cable news and accounts of migrant children ripped from their mothers' arms under "zero-tolerance" immigration policies trickling in from the southern US border, President Donald Trump was eager to sign so-called Right to Try legislation on Wednesday and declare a victory for the White House. The legislation, championed by free-market groups and ushered through Congress by Republicans with a spattering of Democratic support, gives patients with terminal illnesses the Right to Try experimental medications that have passed initial safety trials but have not been rigorously tested and approved by. . .

Anton Woronczuk (2018-06-03). Bernie Sanders Seems Busier Pursuing Progressive Laws Than the Presidency. truthout.org As volunteer for Bernie Sanders's 2016 primary campaign, I've always been puzzled why he had not begun courting those 712 Democratic superdelegates for the nominating convention back in 2014. That voting bloc of party luminaries — Congress members, former presidents and congressional party leaders — was set up in 1984, supposedly to honor the distinguished, but essentially to ensure "losers" never blocked the pre-ordained presidential choice. It's a key bloc. | Such non-interference in party rules might have been Sanders's decision to not be pushy with the party he'd just joined. But that was then. This is now, when he's a trusted public figure and has even increased his ranking as the US's most popular politician. Many Sanders supporters have assumed he's going to make another run for the presidency. | That view has been reinforced by his being on the…

Staff (2018-06-03). Why Pro-Israel Advocates 'Heart' Roseanne. truthdig.com Actor Roseanne Barr has some unexpected supporters; the Democratic Party's decision to take legal action against WikiLeaks put the first amendment at risk; meanwhile, Coca-Cola's claims about water are proved false. These discoveries and more below. | Roseanne Barr Is Convenient Scapegoat for Right-wing Racism and Anti-Semitism | Pro-Israel advocates embraced the disgraced Hollywood star despite — or possibly because of — her history of deranged outbursts. | Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore | Telephone culture is disappearing. | By Suing WikiLeaks, DNC Could Endanger Principles of Press Freedom | In April, the Democratic National Committee, the governing body of the Democratic Party, announced that it was suing WikiLeaks and Julian Assange—along with a number of other defendants, including the Trump campaign and Russian operatives—for their alleged involvement in the theft and dissemination of DNC computer files during…

Mark Taliano (2018-06-03). Permanent State Versus The People. The Regime Change War against Syria. globalresearch.ca Any Canadian who still thinks that our Regime Change efforts against Syria are bringing democracy, freedom, or anything beneficial to Syrians or anyone else is certainly not trying to find the truth. | All Canadians who understand the truth about this …

Staff (2018-06-03). Why You Should Urge Everyone You Know to Vote (Video). truthdig.com The largest political party in America isn't the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. It's the Party of Non-Voters. | 94 million Americans who were eligible to vote in the 2016 election didn't vote. That's a bigger number than the number who voted either for Trump or for Clinton. | All of which means that voter turnout will determine who wins control of Congress next November, and who becomes president in 2020. Turnout is everything. | This is why it's so important for you to vote — and urge everyone you know to vote, too. | Truthdig is running a reader-funded project to document the Poor People's Campaign. Please help us by making a donation.

Media Matters (2018-06-03). WATCH: Rick Santorum Blames Obama for Trump's Racism. alternet.org The ultimate victim-blaming. | From the June 3 edition of CNN's State of the Union: DANA BASH (GUEST HOST): President Obama said something, according to a new book by his former adviser Ben Rhodes, that really is interesting because it's really about this whole notion of a culture war. He said the following, "maybe we pushed too far. Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe. Sometimes I wonder whether I was ten or 20 years too early. " For him, you know, he's talking about culture, he's talking about identity politics. Do you agree? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Look, I can understand that the president, President Obama, is now reflecting. Especially what we've seen in the last two years. Look when I was in the White House the first two years, I worked on both elections, and what we saw was pretty horrific. You. . .

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-06-03). Ivanka Lied: Donald Trump is the Most Anti-LGBT President in History. alternet.org When It Comes to Attacks on LGBT People No U. S. President Has Been Worse Than Trump. | "I will fight for you," then-candidate Donald Trump infamously promised the LGBT community during the 2016 election. "If the best person for the job happens to be gay, I would certainly appoint them," he also claimed before winning the White House. (Out of hundreds of appointments apparently there is only one best person for the job who is also openly-gay. )When a reporter, a lesbian, asked candidate Trump if LGBT people can "look for more forward motion on equality for gays and lesbians," he responded, " Well, you can," and promised "to bring people together. "And after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Trump even proclaimed that "who we are as a nation," our "heart and soul," is being pro-LGBT. Those were just words — which all. . .

Staff (2018-06-03). Its Agenda Stymied, the House Tea Party Fades. truthdig.com The Republican movement took Washington by storm eight years ago, but its failures show the limits of riding a campaign wave into the reality of governing.

Eric Zuesse (2018-06-03). "Only Poorly Informed People" Don't Know About Ukraine Coup. globalresearch.ca This article was first published on GR in January 2015. | The Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman said, in an interview, in the January 3rd edition of Prague's daily newspaper Pravo, that Czechs who think of the overthrow of Ukraine's …

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-06-03). Minnesota Democrats Endorse Little-Known Progressive Over Incumbent For Attorney General, Shocking Establishment. theintercept.com Minnesota Democrats on Saturday snubbed the state's attorney general, a longtime incumbent running for reelection, in favor of a political newbie running to her left. | Lori Swanson, who has been the purple state's top law enforcement official since 2006, has been eyed recently by national Democrats as a potential rising star. When Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was mulling over his resignation in late 2017, her name was floated frequently as a possible replacement. (Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was ultimately named Franken's successor in the Senate.) | Heading into the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's endorsement convention in Rochester, Minnesota, on Saturday, nearly all political operatives expected Swanson to score a landslide victory. But in an unexpected turn of events, just 52 percent of convention delegates voted to back her for reelection in the first round of voting, and she fell short of the 60 percent…

Nicole Karlis, Salon (2018-06-02). Bill Maher to Bernie Sanders: 'I'll Be with Ya If You Run Again&#039. alternet.org Senator Bernie Sanders stopped by Bill Maher's "Real Time with Bill Maher" show on Friday | Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) stopped by Bill Maher's "Real Time with Bill Maher" show on Friday. Maher did not hesitate to flatter the former presidential candidate, telling him he was more popular than Stormy Daniels' lawyer. "Sounds like they want you to run again," Maher said. Maher wasted no time to talk about politics though. Kicking off the evening, he asked Sanders to explain why the 2020 presidential election is "the most important election" of all time. "It is the most important because we have a president who is a pathological liar," Sanders said. "We have a president who has strong authoritarian tendencies who wants to everyday undermine American democracy, and in my state and all over this country, you have men and women who have fought and died. . .

Aída Chávez (2018-06-02). Out of Poverty and Onto the Ballot: the New Wave of Working-Class Candidates Trying to Take Congress. theintercept.com The first Wednesday in August was a busy one for David Trone. In the morning, Trone, the co-founder of retail chain Total Wine & More, which has made him very wealthy, announced that he would make his second run for Congress. | Trone's first bid for Congress had come the year before, when he had spent $13 million of his own money and still lost the primary in Maryland's 8th Congressional District, to the east of his current target. | This time around, he said, he would raise some money from supporters. That would perhaps shed the image that he was trying to buy his way into Congress. | By the end of the day, he and his wife had cut four checks to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, for a total of $267,200. | That was never an option on the…

RT (2018-06-02). 'The best interests of the people': Ex-US top spy Clapper justifies election interference. rt.com Fret not, people of the over 80 countries where the US has interfered in elections — it was done in your "best interests," according to former head of US Intelligence James Clapper.
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Andrew Levine (2018-06-01). Democrats are From Hell; Republicans are From Hell's Lowest Circle, and Trump is From Somewhere Else Altogether. counterpunch.org For nearly three decades, the right has been going after the Clintons — first mainly Bill, then mainly Hillary — for all the wrong reasons. The right reasons are the many ways that the Clintons and those who think like them — that would be most Democrats — are like Republicans. More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-01). Union nurse in chaotic Iowa Dem gubernatorial primary. peoplesworld.org DES MOINES, Iowa—It's been overshadowed by congressional primary conflagrations in California, but Cathy Glasson, leader of a large Iowa nurses' union—running on a platform that includes Medicare for All, Fight for $15 and a union, making it easier to unionize, and other progressive causes—is smack in the middle of a chaotic Democratic gubernatorial primary there. […]…

Dana Cook (2018-06-01). "What is Going On in My Country?" RFK's Assassination, 50 Years Later. counterpunch.org Barely two months after civil rights leader Martin Luther King was murdered in Memphis on April 4, 1968, the New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedywas gunned down in a Los Angeles hotel kitchen on the night of June 5, after having won the California primary. George Carlin, Lauren Bacall, Andy Warhol, Sammy More

Salam Ali (2018-06-01). Shi'ite-Communist coalition wins most seats in Iraq election. peoplesworld.org In Iraq's recent parliamentary elections, the Sairoun (Forward) Alliance, whose main partners are the political forces of Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Communist Party, won the largest number of seats. In the interview below, Salam Ali, the international secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party, explains how Sairoun came out on top. For further […]…

Kim Ives (2018-06-01). Jovenel MoàØse in Taiwan: How the Republic of China Is Buying Haiti, Again. counterpunch.org From May 26 to Jun. 1, 2018, Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse and First Lady Martine MoàØse are heading a 30-person delegation on a "state visit" to the renegade Chinese island province of Taiwan, which calls itself the Republic of China (ROC). Only 18 of the world's 195 states recognize the ROC. That number was 20 More

RT (2018-06-01). Google lists California Republicans as 'Nazis,' blames Wikipedia 'vandals'. rt.com Google admitted to an over-reliance on public sources to shield itself from accusations of political bias, after its automated algorithm listed 'Nazism' among the California Republican Party's ideologies, triggering a scandal.
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RT (2018-06-01). RT asks why it's OK for DNC to shred 1st Amendment if it means nailing Assange. rt.com While the DNC is having a hard time admitting its loss, by filing a lawsuit against Assange and WikiLeaks the Democrats are apparently slapping the First Amendment in the face. RT's Watching the Hawks explores the issue.
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Democracy Now! (2018-06-01). "Pain Killer" Author Barry Meier on How West Virginia Became Ground Zero of Opioid Epidemic. democracynow.org West Virginia had the highest rate of opioid-related deaths in the U.S. in 2016, making the state ground zero for a national opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the past two decades. A record number of people in West Virginia died from overdosing on drugs in 2017. Between 2007 and 2012, the three biggest wholesalers of prescription drugs in the U.S. shipped some 780 million pain pills containing oxycodone or hydrocodone to the state of West Virginia alone—433 pills for every man, woman and child in the state. That's according to Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic," published this week in an updated and expanded edition. We speak with Barry Meier, the first journalist to shed a national spotlight on the abuse of OxyContin.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Naomi Klein promotes pro-war, pro-austerity NDP as antidote to populist far-right. wsws.org Under conditions of a global resurgence of the class struggle, Klein has intervened in the Ontario election campaign to try to refurbish the NDP's tattered "left" credentials and resuscitate illusions in the failed national-reformist perspective.

RT (2018-06-01). 'Trending' no more: Facebook removing controversial news feature. rt.com Facebook is abandoning its Trending news feature, which has been dogged by controversy over editorial bias against conservatives and accusations that it promoted "fake news" during the 2016 US presidential election.
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David Dayen (2018-06-01). In Three California House Races, Wealthy Democrats Have Spent $16 Million of Their Own Money So Far. theintercept.com In three Orange County primaries, the 14 active Democratic candidates have raised a total of $24 million — $16 million of which is self-funded.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-01). Headlines for June 1, 2018. democracynow.org Trump Orders Tariffs on Mexican, Canadian and EU Imported Metals, European Judges Rule Lithuania and Romania Aided CIA Torture, Spain: Pedro Sánchez Named Prime Minister as Mariano Rajoy Ousted, Italy: Anti-Immigrant Party Joins Euroskeptics in Coalition Government, Nicaragua: 15 Killed as Tens of Thousands Demand President's Ouster, U.S. to Veto Resolution Protecting Palestinians at U.N. Security Council, President Trump Pardons Right-Wing Commentator Dinesh D'Souza, Trump Hints He'll Pardon Martha Stewart, Commute Rod Blagojevich's Sentence, Senate Bill Would End Policy of Separating Migrant Children from Parents, President Trump Calls on TBS to Fire "Full Frontal" Host Samantha Bee, Trump-China Ties Under Scrutiny as Family Businesses Profit, Federal Employees Sue to Halt Trump Assault on Union Rights, Las Vegas: Tens of Thousands of Casino Workers Poised for Strike, Federal Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Seven J20 Protesters, Northern Ireland Pro-Choice Activists Distribute Abortion Pills, Argentina: Lawmakers Consider Repeal of Laws Banning Most Abortions, Croatian Police Open Fire on Migrant Van, Injuring Nine, Hawaii: Mandatory Evacuations Ordered for Neighborhood in Lava's Path, Watchdog Calls for End to Medical Co-Pays for Prisoners…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-01). Origins of the Opioid Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew of OxyContin Abuse in 1996 But Covered It Up. democracynow.org An explosive New York Times report has revealed that manufacturers of the drug OxyContin knew it was highly addictive as early as 1996, the first year after the drug hit the market. The Times published a confidential Justice Department report this week showing that Purdue Pharma executives were told OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but still promoted it as less addictive than other opioid painkillers. This report is especially damning because Purdue executives have testified before Congress that they were unaware of the drug's growing abuse until years after it was on the market. Today, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. While President Trump claimed Tuesday that numbers relating to opioid addiction are "way down," the latest statistics show there was an _increase_ of opioid-related deaths _and_ overdoses during Trump's first…

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Facebook blocks ads in midst of US primary elections. wsws.org As part of the campaign against "Russian influence," Facebook implemented new advertising rules that heavily favor established candidates.

Sam Biddle (2018-06-01). Here's the Email Russian Hackers Used to Try to Break Into State Voting Systems. theintercept.com The simplicity of the email, which included a malicious election software manual, is part of the playbook of an advanced attacker, an expert said.

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-06-01). A Split Among Labor Groups Has Made a Maryland Primary Suddenly Contentious. theintercept.com What was once thought to be a quiet Democratic primary in Prince George's County, Maryland, has turned into a competitive race for the county's highest elected official — thanks in large part to a split among organized labor. | On June 26, residents of what's colloquially referred to as "PG County" or just "PG," will cast ballots for county executive, a person tasked with managing all government departments and agencies. PG County's outgoing county executive, Rushern Baker, who is term-limited after eight years in office, is now gunning for the state's governorship. In a county where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 3 to 1, the winner of June's Democratic primary in the county executive race is all but certain to win the general election in November. | While there are nine Democrats vying for the spot, the top two candidates in the…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-01). Cities & States Sue Big Pharma, Targeting the Firms Who Profited from Peddling Addictive Opioids. democracynow.org New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this year that the city would sue manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids to account for their part in the city's ongoing deadly opioid epidemic. Firms named in the suit include Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and McKesson Corporation. The Guardian reports that more than 60 cities are suing Big Pharma over opioids. An explosive New York Times report has revealed that manufacturers of the drug OxyContin knew it was highly addictive as early as 1996, the first year after the drug hit the market. The Times published a confidential Justice Department report this week showing that Purdue Pharma executives were told OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but still promoted it as less addictive than other opioid painkillers. Purdue executives have testified before Congress that they were unaware of the drug's growing abuse until years after it was on the market. Today, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. We speak with Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic."

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-31). The West & Gulf Couldn't Sway These Lebanese Elections. consortiumnews.com Western media got interested in this month's Lebanese election hoping "their" candidates would win. It became a different story when Hizbullah gained the most, explains As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News The recent Lebanese parliamentary election generated… Read more →

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

Democracy Now! (2018-05-31). John Bolton Names Professional Islamophobe & Bush Official Fred Fleitz to National Security Staff. democracynow.org The White House has appointed a longtime senior staffer at an anti-Muslim think tank who has been named by National Security Adviser John Bolton as his new chief of staff. Fred Fleitz formerly served as Bolton's undersecretary of state in the George W. Bush administration. He now joins the Trump administration from the Center for Security Policy, a think tank founded by former Reagan administration official Frank Gaffney. The Southern Poverty Law Center designated the organization an anti-Muslim extremist group. We speak with Eric Levitz, associate editor for New York Magazine's "Daily Intelligencer," whose recent piece is headlined "Bolton Installs Anti-Muslim Wingnut as NSC Chief of Staff."

Democracy Now! (2018-05-31). Indigenous Activist: Trudeau's Purchase of Kinder Morgan Pipeline Is "Huge Step Backward" for Canada. democracynow.org Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the Canadian government will purchase Kinder Morgan's highly contested Trans Mountain pipeline, vowing to commit taxpayer money to expanding the pipeline despite widespread indigenous-led protests and a slew of lawsuits. If built, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta's tar sands to the coast of British Columbia. The Canadian government purchased the pipeline for 4.5 billion Canadian dollars—around 3.5 billion American dollars. The decision has sparked widespread condemnation from First Nations and environmental activists, who say that expanding the pipeline will increase pollution in Alberta's tar sands region, endanger indigenous communities and increase greenhouse gas emissions. We go to Edmonton, Canada, where we speak with Eriel Deranger, executive director of Indigenous Climate Action. She is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.

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

Democracy Now! (2018-05-31). Palestinians Demand Human Rights & Medical Care in Fight to Break Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza. democracynow.org Four Israeli warships intercepted a flotilla Tuesday that tried to challenge Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. More than a dozen unarmed people were on board, including injured protesters and cancer patients seeking medical treatment abroad. The protest coincided with the eighth anniversary of Israel's attack on the Turkish Mavi Marmara flotilla, which killed nine activists while the boat was sailing in international waters. We speak with Ramadan al-Hayek, one of the organizers of the Gaza flotilla, and Zohar Chamberlain Regev, an Israeli citizen who is on board the Freedom Flotilla ship Al Awda (The Return), which just arrived in the port of Amsterdam. The flotilla set sail April 30 from the Norwegian port of Bergen and plans to arrive in Gaza in July.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-31). China: Answer Tiananmen Massacre Calls for Justice. hrw.org A group of journalists supports the pro-Democracy protest in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, May 17, 1989. | © 1989 REUTERS/Carl Ho | (New York) — The Chinese government should acknowledge and take responsibility for the massacre of pro-democracy protesters in June 1989, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should immediately release activists held for commemorating the occasion, and cease censoring discussions of the bloody crackdown. | "Twenty-nine years after the Tiananmen Massacre, President Xi Jinping's 'China dream' means getting the world to forget about it. But suppressing the truth has only fueled demands for justice and accountability," said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. "The only way to remove this stain on China is to own up to it." | As the anniversary approaches, the Chinese government continues to deny…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-31). Headlines for May 31, 2018. democracynow.org Pompeo Meets North Korea's Ex-Spy Chief in NYC, In Victory for Big Banks, Federal Reserve Votes to Loosen Volcker Rule, Report: U.S. Killed 50 Taliban Leaders in Helmand Province, Russian Journalist Admits Faking His Own Death, Trump Makes No Comment on Roseanne's Racist Tweets But Criticizes ABC for Not Apologizing to Him, Cable News Largely Ignores Deaths of 4,645 in Puerto Rico to Focus on Roseanne, Civil Rights Groups Urge DHS to Release Secret "Race Paper" Memo, Theology Student Studying Daniel Berrigan's Life Arrested for Protesting White Supremacist in Charlottesville, EPA Taps Chemical Industry Lawyer to Oversee Superfund Sites, Illinois Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment, Harvey Weinstein Indicted on Rape Charges in New York, 13-Year-Old Student Questions White House Inaction on School Shootings, Republican Congresswoman Says Pornography Is a "Root Cause" of School Shootings, Standing Rock Water Protector Sentenced to Three Years in Prison, U.N.: Mexican Security Forces Likely Involved in Recent Disappearances, Mexican Journalist Héctor González Killed in Tamaulipas, Report: U.S.-Backed Salvadoran Police Forces Involved in Extrajudicial Killings, Brazilian Oil Workers Stage Strike to Protest Plans to Privatize Petrobras, Florida Jury Awards Four Cents to Family of African-American Man Shot by Sheriff's Deputy…

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

Democracy Now! (2018-05-30). Headlines for May 30, 2018. democracynow.org Study: Hurricane Maria Deaths 70 Times Higher Than Official Count, Israel Launches Airstrikes in Gaza, Blocks Flotilla Seeking to Break Blockade, Poor People's Campaign: Hundreds Arrested Across U.S. in Nonviolent Protests, NYT: Trump Ordered Sessions to Un-Recuse Himself from Russia Investigation, GOP House Oversight Chair Says FBI "Acted Properly" Using Trump Campaign Informant, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct & Corruption Scandal, ABC Cancels "Roseanne" Amid Outcry over Roseanne Barr's Racist Tweets, Arkansas Left with One Clinic for Medication Abortions as Supreme Court OKs Anti-Choice Law, French Police Evict 1,000 Migrants as Macron Welcomes Malian "Spiderman" Rescuer to Élysée Palace, Hungary: Offering Food, Water, Legal Advice to Migrants to Become Criminal Offense, Russian Journalist Arkady Babchenko Admits Faking His Own Death | , Justice Dept. Approves $66B Takeover of Monsanto by German Pharma Giant Bayer, Canada to Buy, Expand Trans Mountain Tar Sands Oil Pipeline, New Mexico: Trans Woman Seeking Asylum in U.S. Dies in ICE Custody…

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

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

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

RT (2018-05-30). Shouting 'witch hunt' is a Kremlin tactic? RT dives into Democrat double standards (VIDEO). rt.com Repeating the same, tired mantra ad nauseam in order to score political points is a textbook Kremlin tactic, Congresswoman Maxine Waters says. But what about the Democrats' own year-long droning about 'Russian meddling'?
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Democracy Now! (2018-05-30). Deadlier Than Katrina & 9/11: Hurricane Maria Killed 4,645 in Puerto Rico, 70 Times Official Toll. democracynow.org A stunning new study by researchers at Harvard has revealed the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria may be 70 times higher than official count of 64. The new research, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, says the death toll is at least 4,645—and perhaps as high as 5,740. President Trump has so far not responded to the new study. But in October, during a visit to Puerto Rico, Trump boasted about the low official death count. With a death toll of at least 4,645, Hurricane Maria would become the second-deadliest hurricane in U.S. history—behind only the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 which killed as many as 12,000 people in Texas. The Harvard study found that "interruption of medical care was the primary cause of sustained high mortality rates in the months after the hurricane, a finding consistent with the…

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

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

RT (2018-05-30). Democrat campaign ad compares Trump to Osama bin Laden. rt.com A Democrat running for congress in this year's midterm elections has released a bizarre campaign ad, in which he compares President Trump to Osama bin Laden. |
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Trumpian Boasts About the Trump Tax Cuts
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-04
Folks may remember that the Republicans sold their tax plan, which centered on a big cut in corporate taxes, with the promise that it will lead to a flood of investment. This would mean higher productivity growth, and therefore higher wages. Well, we aren't really seeing much evidence of that increase to date, but that…
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Throwing Shade Not Light on Youth Voting
Laura Flanders | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-04
It's the summer before midterm elections, and the political forecast is already promising heavy showers of skepticism about young voters. The seasonal downpour is especially important this year because, for the first time, 18-35-year-old "millennials"–and their even younger counterparts, "generation z"–will be America's single largest voting block with power to swing the result if they…
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Trump Peddles False Hope to the Terminally Ill With 'Right to Try' Law
Mike Ludwig, Truthout | alternet.org | 2018-06-03
Critics say Right to Try is a stealth attempt by libertarian ideologues to undermine patients' rights and chip away at the FDA's regulatory authority over chemicals that have yet to be proven safe and effective. | With the latest revelations about his soured relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions dominating cable news and accounts of migrant children ripped from their mothers' arms under "zero-tolerance" immigration policies trickling in from the southern US border, President Donald Trump was eager to sign so-called Right to Try legislation on Wednesday and declare a victory for the White House. The legislation, championed by free-market groups and ushered through Congress by Republicans with a spattering of Democratic support, gives patients with terminal illnesses the Right to Try experimental medications that have passed initial safety trials but have not been rigorously tested and approved by. . .
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Permanent State Versus The People. The Regime Change War against Syria
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-03
Any Canadian who still thinks that our Regime Change efforts against Syria are bringing democracy, freedom, or anything beneficial to Syrians or anyone else is certainly not trying to find the truth. | All Canadians who understand the truth about this …
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Why Pro-Israel Advocates 'Heart' Roseanne
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-03
Actor Roseanne Barr has some unexpected supporters; the Democratic Party's decision to take legal action against WikiLeaks put the first amendment at risk; meanwhile, Coca-Cola's claims about water are proved false. These discoveries and more below. | Roseanne Barr Is Convenient Scapegoat for Right-wing Racism and Anti-Semitism | Pro-Israel advocates embraced the disgraced Hollywood star despite — or possibly because of — her history of deranged outbursts. | Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore | Telephone culture is disappearing. | By Suing WikiLeaks, DNC Could Endanger Principles of Press Freedom | In April, the Democratic National Committee, the governing body of the Democratic Party, announced that it was suing WikiLeaks and Julian Assange–along with a number of other defendants, including the Trump campaign and Russian operatives–for their alleged involvement in the theft and dissemination of DNC computer files during…
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Why You Should Urge Everyone You Know to Vote (Video)
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-03
The largest political party in America isn't the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. It's the Party of Non-Voters. | 94 million Americans who were eligible to vote in the 2016 election didn't vote. That's a bigger number than the number who voted either for Trump or for Clinton. | All of which means that voter turnout will determine who wins control of Congress next November, and who becomes president in 2020. Turnout is everything. | This is why it's so important for you to vote — and urge everyone you know to vote, too. | Truthdig is running a reader-funded project to document the Poor People's Campaign. Please help us by making a donation. | The post Why You Should Urge Everyone You Know to Vote (Video) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Bernie Sanders Seems Busier Pursuing Progressive Laws Than the Presidency
Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-06-03
As volunteer for Bernie Sanders's 2016 primary campaign, I've always been puzzled why he had not begun courting those 712 Democratic superdelegates for the nominating convention back in 2014. That voting bloc of party luminaries — Congress members, former presidents and congressional party leaders — was set up in 1984, supposedly to honor the distinguished, but essentially to ensure "losers" never blocked the pre-ordained presidential choice. It's a key bloc. | Such non-interference in party rules might have been Sanders's decision to not be pushy with the party he'd just joined. But that was then. This is now, when he's a trusted public figure and has even increased his ranking as the US's most popular politician. Many Sanders supporters have assumed he's going to make another run for the presidency. | That view has been reinforced by his being on the…
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WATCH: Rick Santorum Blames Obama for Trump's Racism
Media Matters | alternet.org | 2018-06-03
The ultimate victim-blaming. | From the June 3 edition of CNN's State of the Union: DANA BASH (GUEST HOST): President Obama said something, according to a new book by his former adviser Ben Rhodes, that really is interesting because it's really about this whole notion of a culture war. He said the following, "maybe we pushed too far. Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe. Sometimes I wonder whether I was ten or 20 years too early. " For him, you know, he's talking about culture, he's talking about identity politics. Do you agree? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Look, I can understand that the president, President Obama, is now reflecting. Especially what we've seen in the last two years. Look when I was in the White House the first two years, I worked on both elections, and what we saw was pretty horrific. You. . .
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Ivanka Lied: Donald Trump is the Most Anti-LGBT President in History
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-06-03
When It Comes to Attacks on LGBT People No U. S. President Has Been Worse Than Trump. | "I will fight for you," then-candidate Donald Trump infamously promised the LGBT community during the 2016 election. "If the best person for the job happens to be gay, I would certainly appoint them," he also claimed before winning the White House. (Out of hundreds of appointments apparently there is only one best person for the job who is also openly-gay. )When a reporter, a lesbian, asked candidate Trump if LGBT people can "look for more forward motion on equality for gays and lesbians," he responded, " Well, you can," and promised "to bring people together. "And after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Trump even proclaimed that "who we are as a nation," our "heart and soul," is being pro-LGBT. Those were just words — which all. . .
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"Only Poorly Informed People" Don't Know About Ukraine Coup
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-03
This article was first published on GR in January 2015. | The Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman said, in an interview, in the January 3rd edition of Prague's daily newspaper Pravo, that Czechs who think of the overthrow of Ukraine's …
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Its Agenda Stymied, the House Tea Party Fades
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-03
The Republican movement took Washington by storm eight years ago, but its failures show the limits of riding a campaign wave into the reality of governing. | The post Its Agenda Stymied, the House Tea Party Fades appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Minnesota Democrats Endorse Little-Known Progressive Over Incumbent For Attorney General, Shocking Establishment
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2018-06-03
Minnesota Democrats on Saturday snubbed the state's attorney general, a longtime incumbent running for reelection, in favor of a political newbie running to her left. | Lori Swanson, who has been the purple state's top law enforcement official since 2006, has been eyed recently by national Democrats as a potential rising star. When Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was mulling over his resignation in late 2017, her name was floated frequently as a possible replacement. (Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was ultimately named Franken's successor in the Senate.) | Heading into the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's endorsement convention in Rochester, Minnesota, on Saturday, nearly all political operatives expected Swanson to score a landslide victory. But in an unexpected turn of events, just 52 percent of convention delegates voted to back her for reelection in the first round of voting, and she fell short of the 60 percent…
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Bill Maher to Bernie Sanders: 'I'll Be with Ya If You Run Again&#039
Nicole Karlis, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-06-02
Senator Bernie Sanders stopped by Bill Maher's "Real Time with Bill Maher" show on Friday | Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) stopped by Bill Maher's "Real Time with Bill Maher" show on Friday. Maher did not hesitate to flatter the former presidential candidate, telling him he was more popular than Stormy Daniels' lawyer. "Sounds like they want you to run again," Maher said. Maher wasted no time to talk about politics though. Kicking off the evening, he asked Sanders to explain why the 2020 presidential election is "the most important election" of all time. "It is the most important because we have a president who is a pathological liar," Sanders said. "We have a president who has strong authoritarian tendencies who wants to everyday undermine American democracy, and in my state and all over this country, you have men and women who have fought and died. . .
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'The best interests of the people': Ex-US top spy Clapper justifies election interference
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-02
Fret not, people of the over 80 countries where the US has interfered in elections — it was done in your "best interests," according to former head of US Intelligence James Clapper. …
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Out of Poverty and Onto the Ballot: the New Wave of Working-Class Candidates Trying to Take Congress
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2018-06-02
The first Wednesday in August was a busy one for David Trone. In the morning, Trone, the co-founder of retail chain Total Wine & More, which has made him very wealthy, announced that he would make his second run for Congress. | Trone's first bid for Congress had come the year before, when he had spent $13 million of his own money and still lost the primary in Maryland's 8th Congressional District, to the east of his current target. | This time around, he said, he would raise some money from supporters. That would perhaps shed the image that he was trying to buy his way into Congress. | By the end of the day, he and his wife had cut four checks to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, for a total of $267,200. | That was never an option on the…
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Democrats are From Hell; Republicans are From Hell's Lowest Circle, and Trump is From Somewhere Else Altogether
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-01
For nearly three decades, the right has been going after the Clintons — first mainly Bill, then mainly Hillary — for all the wrong reasons. The right reasons are the many ways that the Clintons and those who think like them — that would be most Democrats — are like Republicans.
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Union nurse in chaotic Iowa Dem gubernatorial primary
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-01
DES MOINES, Iowa–It's been overshadowed by congressional primary conflagrations in California, but Cathy Glasson, leader of a large Iowa nurses' union–running on a platform that includes Medicare for All, Fight for $15 and a union, making it easier to unionize, and other progressive causes–is smack in the middle of a chaotic Democratic gubernatorial primary there. …

Union nurse in chaotic Iowa Dem gubernatorial primary

"What is Going On in My Country?" RFK's Assassination, 50 Years Later
Dana Cook | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-01
Barely two months after civil rights leader Martin Luther King was murdered in Memphis on April 4, 1968, the New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedywas gunned down in a Los Angeles hotel kitchen on the night of June 5, after having won the California primary. George Carlin, Lauren Bacall, Andy Warhol, Sammy…
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Shi'ite-Communist coalition wins most seats in Iraq election
Salam Ali | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-01
In Iraq's recent parliamentary elections, the Sairoun (Forward) Alliance, whose main partners are the political forces of Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Communist Party, won the largest number of seats. In the interview below, Salam Ali, the international secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party, explains how Sairoun came out on top. For further …

Shi’ite-Communist coalition wins most seats in Iraq election

Jovenel MoàØse in Taiwan: How the Republic of China Is Buying Haiti, Again
Kim Ives | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-01
From May 26 to Jun. 1, 2018, Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse and First Lady Martine MoàØse are heading a 30-person delegation on a "state visit" to the renegade Chinese island province of Taiwan, which calls itself the Republic of China (ROC). Only 18 of the world's 195 states recognize the ROC. That number was 20…
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Facebook blocks ads in midst of US primary elections
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-01
As part of the campaign against "Russian influence," Facebook implemented new advertising rules that heavily favor established candidates.
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Here's the Email Russian Hackers Used to Try to Break Into State Voting Systems
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2018-06-01
The simplicity of the email, which included a malicious election software manual, is part of the playbook of an advanced attacker, an expert said. | The post Here's the Email Russian Hackers Used to Try to Break Into State Voting Systems appeared first on The Intercept.
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RT asks why it's OK for DNC to shred 1st Amendment if it means nailing Assange
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-01
While the DNC is having a hard time admitting its loss, by filing a lawsuit against Assange and WikiLeaks the Democrats are apparently slapping the First Amendment in the face. RT's Watching the Hawks explores the issue. …
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Google lists California Republicans as 'Nazis,' blames Wikipedia 'vandals'
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-01
Google admitted to an over-reliance on public sources to shield itself from accusations of political bias, after its automated algorithm listed 'Nazism' among the California Republican Party's ideologies, triggering a scandal. …
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In Three California House Races, Wealthy Democrats Have Spent $16 Million of Their Own Money So Far
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-06-01
In three Orange County primaries, the 14 active Democratic candidates have raised a total of $24 million — $16 million of which is self-funded. | The post In Three California House Races, Wealthy Democrats Have Spent $16 Million of Their Own Money So Far appeared first on The Intercept.
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'Trending' no more: Facebook removing controversial news feature
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-01
Facebook is abandoning its Trending news feature, which has been dogged by controversy over editorial bias against conservatives and accusations that it promoted "fake news" during the 2016 US presidential election. …
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"Pain Killer" Author Barry Meier on How West Virginia Became Ground Zero of Opioid Epidemic
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-06-01
West Virginia had the highest rate of opioid-related deaths in the U.S. in 2016, making the state ground zero for a national opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the past two decades. A record number of people in West Virginia died from overdosing on drugs in 2017. Between 2007 and 2012, the three biggest wholesalers of prescription drugs in the U.S. shipped some 780 million pain pills containing oxycodone or hydrocodone to the state of West Virginia alone–433 pills for every man, woman and child in the state. That's according to Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic," published this week in an updated and expanded edition. We speak with Barry Meier, the first journalist to shed a national spotlight on the abuse of OxyContin.
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Naomi Klein promotes pro-war, pro-austerity NDP as antidote to populist far-right
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-01
Under conditions of a global resurgence of the class struggle, Klein has intervened in the Ontario election campaign to try to refurbish the NDP's tattered "left" credentials and resuscitate illusions in the failed national-reformist perspective.
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Cities & States Sue Big Pharma, Targeting the Firms Who Profited from Peddling Addictive Opioids
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-06-01
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this year that the city would sue manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids to account for their part in the city's ongoing deadly opioid epidemic. Firms named in the suit include Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and McKesson Corporation. The Guardian reports that more than 60 cities are suing Big Pharma over opioids. An explosive New York Times report has revealed that manufacturers of the drug OxyContin knew it was highly addictive as early as 1996, the first year after the drug hit the market. The Times published a confidential Justice Department report this week showing that Purdue Pharma executives were told OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but still promoted it as less addictive than other opioid painkillers. Purdue executives have testified before Congress that they were unaware of the drug's growing abuse until years after it was on the market. Today, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. We speak with Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic."
www.democracynow.org/2018/6/1/cities_sta…

A Split Among Labor Groups Has Made a Maryland Primary Suddenly Contentious
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2018-06-01
What was once thought to be a quiet Democratic primary in Prince George's County, Maryland, has turned into a competitive race for the county's highest elected official — thanks in large part to a split among organized labor. | On June 26, residents of what's colloquially referred to as "PG County" or just "PG," will cast ballots for county executive, a person tasked with managing all government departments and agencies. PG County's outgoing county executive, Rushern Baker, who is term-limited after eight years in office, is now gunning for the state's governorship. In a county where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 3 to 1, the winner of June's Democratic primary in the county executive race is all but certain to win the general election in November. | While there are nine Democrats vying for the spot, the top two candidates in the…
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Origins of the Opioid Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew of OxyContin Abuse in 1996 But Covered It Up
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-06-01
An explosive New York Times report has revealed that manufacturers of the drug OxyContin knew it was highly addictive as early as 1996, the first year after the drug hit the market. The Times published a confidential Justice Department report this week showing that Purdue Pharma executives were told OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but still promoted it as less addictive than other opioid painkillers. This report is especially damning because Purdue executives have testified before Congress that they were unaware of the drug's growing abuse until years after it was on the market. Today, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. While President Trump claimed Tuesday that numbers relating to opioid addiction are "way down," the latest statistics show there was an _increase_ of opioid-related deaths _and_ overdoses during Trump's first…
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Hungary: Bill Makes Aiding Migrants a Crime
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-31
An anti-immigration poster by Victor Orban's Fidesz party during Hungary's April 2018 elections, April 8, 2018, Gyongyos, Hungary. | © 2018 REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger | (Budapest) — A revised draft bill published by the Hungarian government on May 29, 2018, would criminalize efforts to help migrants and asylum seekers and curb their access to protection, Human Rights Watch said today. | The bill the government presented to parliament proposes amending nine existing laws related to asylum, the national border, and the police. It creates a new criminal offense in the Criminal Code of "enabling illegal immigration," which is defined to include helping asylum seekers who are "not eligible for protection," as well as to include border monitoring, producing and disseminating information, or "network building." If committed "regularly," or with the aim of "help[ing] several persons,"
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The West & Gulf Couldn't Sway These Lebanese Elections
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-31
Western media got interested in this month's Lebanese election hoping "their" candidates would win. It became a different story when Hizbullah gained the most, explains As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News The recent Lebanese parliamentary election generated… Read more ?…
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Azerbaijan Chooses Not to Free Prominent Activists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-31
On May 24, President Aliyev signed the decree pardoning 634 people on the occasion of the centenary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. | © 2018 Azertag | Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on Friday to pardon 634 convicts, but included only 12 people local rights groups considered political prisoners. So while he pardoned several religious activists and opposition party members who had only a few days left behind bars, the move unexpectedly and disappointingly excluded dozens of prominent civil and political activists, bloggers, and journalists who remain jailed following politically motivated prosecutions. | Among those still imprisoned are journalist and blogger Mehman Huseynov, who is serving two years on charges of defaming a police station after he publicly described abuse he endured there; journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who was kidnapped a…
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Indigenous Activist: Trudeau's Purchase of Kinder Morgan Pipeline Is "Huge Step Backward" for Canada
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-31
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the Canadian government will purchase Kinder Morgan's highly contested Trans Mountain pipeline, vowing to commit taxpayer money to expanding the pipeline despite widespread indigenous-led protests and a slew of lawsuits. If built, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta's tar sands to the coast of British Columbia. The Canadian government purchased the pipeline for 4.5 billion Canadian dollars–around 3.5 billion American dollars. The decision has sparked widespread condemnation from First Nations and environmental activists, who say that expanding the pipeline will increase pollution in Alberta's tar sands region, endanger indigenous communities and increase greenhouse gas emissions. We go to Edmonton, Canada, where we speak with Eriel Deranger, executive director of Indigenous Climate Action. She is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.
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China: Answer Tiananmen Massacre Calls for Justice
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-31
A group of journalists supports the pro-Democracy protest in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, May 17, 1989. | © 1989 REUTERS/Carl Ho | (New York) — The Chinese government should acknowledge and take responsibility for the massacre of pro-democracy protesters in June 1989, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should immediately release activists held for commemorating the occasion, and cease censoring discussions of the bloody crackdown. | "Twenty-nine years after the Tiananmen Massacre, President Xi Jinping's 'China dream' means getting the world to forget about it. But suppressing the truth has only fueled demands for justice and accountability," said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. "The only way to remove this stain on China is to own up to it." | As the anniversary approaches, the Chinese government continues to deny…
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Hungary: Bill Makes Aiding Migrants a Crime
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-31
An anti-immigration poster by Victor Orban's Fidesz party during Hungary's April 2018 elections, April 8, 2018, Gyongyos, Hungary. | © 2018 REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger | (Budapest) — A revised draft bill published by the Hungarian government on May 29, 2018, would criminalize efforts to help migrants and asylum seekers and curb their access to protection, Human Rights Watch said today. | The bill the government presented to parliament proposes amending nine existing laws related to asylum, the national border, and the police. It creates a new criminal offense in the Criminal Code of "enabling illegal immigration," which is defined to include helping asylum seekers who are "not eligible for protection," as well as to include border monitoring, producing and disseminating information, or "network building." If committed "regularly," or with the aim of "help[ing] several persons,"
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John Bolton Names Professional Islamophobe & Bush Official Fred Fleitz to National Security Staff
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-31
The White House has appointed a longtime senior staffer at an anti-Muslim think tank who has been named by National Security Adviser John Bolton as his new chief of staff. Fred Fleitz formerly served as Bolton's undersecretary of state in the George W. Bush administration. He now joins the Trump administration from the Center for Security Policy, a think tank founded by former Reagan administration official Frank Gaffney. The Southern Poverty Law Center designated the organization an anti-Muslim extremist group. We speak with Eric Levitz, associate editor for New York Magazine's "Daily Intelligencer," whose recent piece is headlined "Bolton Installs Anti-Muslim Wingnut as NSC Chief of Staff."
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Headlines for May 31, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-31
Pompeo Meets North Korea's Ex-Spy Chief in NYC, In Victory for Big Banks, Federal Reserve Votes to Loosen Volcker Rule, Report: U.S. Killed 50 Taliban Leaders in Helmand Province, Russian Journalist Admits Faking His Own Death, Trump Makes No Comment on Roseanne's Racist Tweets But Criticizes ABC for Not Apologizing to Him, Cable News Largely Ignores Deaths of 4,645 in Puerto Rico to Focus on Roseanne, Civil Rights Groups Urge DHS to Release Secret "Race Paper" Memo, Theology Student Studying Daniel Berrigan's Life Arrested for Protesting White Supremacist in Charlottesville, EPA Taps Chemical Industry Lawyer to Oversee Superfund Sites, Illinois Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment, Harvey Weinstein Indicted on Rape Charges in New York, 13-Year-Old Student Questions White House Inaction on School Shootings, Republican Congresswoman Says Pornography Is a "Root Cause" of School Shootings, Standing Rock Water Protector Sentenced to Three Years in Prison, U.N.: Mexican Security Forces Likely Involved in Recent Disappearances, Mexican Journalist Héctor González Killed in Tamaulipas, Report: U.S.-Backed Salvadoran Police Forces Involved in Extrajudicial Killings, Brazilian Oil Workers Stage Strike to Protest Plans to Privatize Petrobras, Florida Jury Awards Four Cents to Family of African-American Man Shot by Sheriff's Deputy…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/31/headlines

Palestinians Demand Human Rights & Medical Care in Fight to Break Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-31
Four Israeli warships intercepted a flotilla Tuesday that tried to challenge Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. More than a dozen unarmed people were on board, including injured protesters and cancer patients seeking medical treatment abroad. The protest coincided with the eighth anniversary of Israel's attack on the Turkish Mavi Marmara flotilla, which killed nine activists while the boat was sailing in international waters. We speak with Ramadan al-Hayek, one of the organizers of the Gaza flotilla, and Zohar Chamberlain Regev, an Israeli citizen who is on board the Freedom Flotilla ship Al Awda (The Return), which just arrived in the port of Amsterdam. The flotilla set sail April 30 from the Norwegian port of Bergen and plans to arrive in Gaza in July.
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Shouting 'witch hunt' is a Kremlin tactic? RT dives into Democrat double standards (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-30
Repeating the same, tired mantra ad nauseam in order to score political points is a textbook Kremlin tactic, Congresswoman Maxine Waters says. But what about the Democrats' own year-long droning about 'Russian meddling'? …
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Bred to Suffer: Glenn Greenwald on the "Morally Unconscionable" U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-30
Animal experimentation is on the rise in the United States. The Department of Agriculture reports that nearly 61,000 dogs were used in the U.S. for experimentation in 2016 alone, and the total reported number of animals used for experimentation was more than 820,000. A major new investigation by The Intercept examines the poorly regulated and highly profitable industry of breeding dogs for the sole purpose of experimenting on them in the U.S. The investigation reveals the horrors of the dog experimentation industry at one of the three largest firms in the U.S. that sells beagles to research labs: Ridglan Farms. We speak with The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro to discuss his in-depth investigation, headlined "Bred to Suffer: Inside the Barbaric U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation."
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/30/bred_to_s…

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

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

Headlines for May 30, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-30
Study: Hurricane Maria Deaths 70 Times Higher Than Official Count, Israel Launches Airstrikes in Gaza, Blocks Flotilla Seeking to Break Blockade, Poor People's Campaign: Hundreds Arrested Across U.S. in Nonviolent Protests, NYT: Trump Ordered Sessions to Un-Recuse Himself from Russia Investigation, GOP House Oversight Chair Says FBI "Acted Properly" Using Trump Campaign Informant, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct & Corruption Scandal, ABC Cancels "Roseanne" Amid Outcry over Roseanne Barr's Racist Tweets, Arkansas Left with One Clinic for Medication Abortions as Supreme Court OKs Anti-Choice Law, French Police Evict 1,000 Migrants as Macron Welcomes Malian "Spiderman" Rescuer to Élysée Palace, Hungary: Offering Food, Water, Legal Advice to Migrants to Become Criminal Offense, Russian Journalist Arkady Babchenko Admits Faking His Own Death | , Justice Dept. Approves $66B Takeover of Monsanto by German Pharma Giant Bayer, Canada to Buy, Expand Trans Mountain Tar Sands Oil Pipeline, New Mexico: Trans Woman Seeking Asylum in U.S. Dies in ICE Custody…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/30/headlines

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

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

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

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

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

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