2019-05-10: News Headlines

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Wayne Wharton: 'All power to the workers, Treaty now!'. greenleft.org.au Prominent Aboriginal elder Wayne Wharton is making a tilt for the senate in Queensland this election, campaigning on issues such as justice for Aboriginal people, justice reinvestment and an improved aged care system. | Wharton told Green Left Weekly: "The systems that we've had for the last 230 years is broken, they're useless." | These include the legal system which, he says, is based on a "feudal system of punishment" instead of rehabilitation, and the two-party system, in which the big parties have become dominated by "top-end-of-town corruption". | Wharton believes the government should reflect the diversity…

Tom Clifford (2019-05-10). Targeting China: It's About Politics Not Trade. counterpunch.org Beijing. Trade? It's no big deal. Politics? That's the issue. The trade spat between the United States and China isn't about deficits or tariffs. It's about Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan. The view from Beijing is that Republicans and Democrats are united in the bogeyman belief. Someone to blame. The China threat. Donald Trump's anti-China message helped More

Norman Solomon (2019-05-10). Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them. indybay.org After Five Decades of Serving Corporate Power, He's Eager for the Top Job…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Greens, preferences and radical social change. greenleft.org.au This federal election is taking place at a time when the need for radical social and economic change is palpable: the escalating climate crisis and rampant and growing inequality are two major symptoms of the bankruptcy of capitalism. | The school climate strike movement is one manifestation of the desire for meaningful change. And there are many others too. | But while radical change is needed, those who campaign for it are still too often derided as extremist or idealist (with the exception of the students who the powers-that-be hope will "grow up" and embrace pragmatism). | There is a strong desire to get rid…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Nakba 2019: Eurovision fails to hide suffering of Palestinians. greenleft.org.au The annual commemoration of al Nakba on May 15 — the 1947 catastrophe when 750,000 Palestinians were evicted from their homes and thousands of Palestinian villages wiped off the map — coincides this year with the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. | Ramadan has also begun, and Israeli crackdowns during Ramadan and around al Nakba commemorations are a given. What is different this year is the viciousness of the attacks and Israel's determination that its Eurovision PR showcase will proceed, uninterrupted by questions about its human rights record. | As Palestine…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Boycott Brunei movement to continue despite Sultan's retreat. greenleft.org.au The Boycott Brunei in Australia group have said the campaign against Brunei's death-by-stoning penalty for "crimes" such as homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy will continue despite Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's May 6 statement that he had reconsidered the April 3 order. | The activists welcomed the Sultan's comments, but noted that the Syrariah Penal Code Order (SPCO) was only suspended, not cancelled, saying life for those who breached government diktats remained grim. | "We welcome the Sultan's statement that the death penalty has been shelved," said Boycott Brunei in Australia spokesperson Peter Hackn…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Sudan: 'The army's duty is to protect its people, not to govern'. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly's Sam Wainwright spoke with Sabrine Ali, Samah Suria, Nidal Saeed and Nagi Kodi, all Sudanese youth living in Perth, about the powerful movement in Sudan. | What did this movement learn from previous waves of protest in Sudanese history? | Sabrine Ali: Without having a proper foundation of how to run a revolution, it is going to collapse. The Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) has basically organised the revolution, the protests and … that has helped a lot with it having the proper foundation. | Why was the protest movement successful this time compared to the past? | Nagi Kodi: This time…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Workers rally around the world for May Day. greenleft.org.au As the gap between rich and poor widens, millions of workers around the world marched for workers' rights on May Day. | May Day, also known as Labor Day, began in 1890 with the campaign for the 8-hour work day. It has since become a key day for workers' campaigns around the world. | This May Day, workers marched against the fascist Rodrigo Duterte regime in the Philippines, against austerity and the rise of the far-right in Europe and against US President Donald Trump's attacks on immigrants. | Low-paid workers in Indonesia marched for fair pay, millions of Cubans celebrated 60 years of the ongoing revolution, an…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Anti-CSG activists say Santos must be stopped. greenleft.org.au About 60 anti-coal seam gas campaigners gathered outside NSW parliament on May 7 to greet newly-elected MPs with a clear message: stop Santos' Narrabri Gas Project in the state's north west. | The action was organised by Stop CSG Sydney and the Knitting Nannas and Friends. | Protesters received a positive response from some MPs, including the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF), the NSW Greens and an independent. | SFF's Roy Butler recommitted his party to opposing CSG developments. He also said his party supported a moratorium on CSG until all of the Chief Scientist's recommendations are implemented. | But…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression. greenleft.org.au The Sri Lankan army and police have used the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday as a pretext for repression, targeting people who have no connection with the group responsible, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ — National Monotheism Society). | The NTJ, an extremist Islamic group, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State, based in Iraq and Syria. | Sri Lankan police have been raiding numerous Muslim groups with "Thowheed" in their name, even if they are opposed to the NTJ. As of May 2, at least 130 Muslims had been detained, according to Tamilnet. | Non-Muslims have also been affected. On…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Greens candidate: 'The system is stacked to work for the two major parties'. greenleft.org.au Former NSW Fire Brigades Employees Union (FBEU) state secretary Jim Casey is standing as the Greens candidate for the seat of Grayndler in inner west Sydney. He spoke to Green Left Weekly's Rachel Evans about his campaign. | You are involved in the Stop Adani campaign. How do you see the movement stopping this catastrophic project? | The first step is to get rid of [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison. The second step is to build a movement, which requires thousands of people having thousands of conversations in the suburbs, in the cities, in the country. | Adani is the coalface of the broader struggle of stopping cl…

Toby Blome (2019-05-10). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace. indybay.org BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Buses 10, 70, 80 | and SF Muni Bus 28 stop at the bridge (SF side). | Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. | 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends to converge in the middle for World Peace. Then march to the SF side for rally.

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela's crisis: A view from the communes. greenleft.org.au Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup against President Nicolás Maduro on April 30, Guaidó's supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune in south-west Caracas. | The building was used for local residents' meetings and housed a commune-run textile enterprise, which funds projects in the community. | Atenea Jiménez, from the National Network of Comuneros (commune activists) said: "Once again attacks on the communes by fascist sectors have begun." | She also noted however that comuneros "a…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power. greenleft.org.au In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…

Louis Proyect (2019-05-10). Bernie Sanders and the Movement That Might Have Been. counterpunch.org As I gird my loins for a renewed ideological struggle against Bernie Sanders's bid to become the Democratic Party's nominee to run against Donald Trump, I thought it advisable to get up to speed by reading Jeffrey St. Clair's "Bernie & The Sandernistas: Field Notes From a Failed Revolution" that was published in 2016. Since More

Norman Solomon (2019-05-09). Joe Biden likes Republicans so much because he's so much like them. nationofchange.org Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as " a decent man" and Mike Pence as " a decent guy" | merely scratches the surface of what's wrong with the current | frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion | to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald | Trump an "aberration" — is consistent with Biden's political record. It | sheds light on why he's proba…

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). 'Free Clarrie O'Shea': When unions broke the rules to change them. greenleft.org.au Fifty years ago, an industrial penal powers dispute provoked the biggest strike wave in Australia's post-war history. | On May 15, 1969, Clarrie O'Shea, Victorian secretary Australian Tramway & Motor Omnibus Employees' Association (ATMOEA), was jailed for refusing to pay fines imposed under the anti-union penal powers of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. | Over the next week, more than 1 million workers went on strike to demand freedom for O'Shea and the repeal of the penal powers. | Tribune, the newspaper of the Communist Party of Australia at the time, reported on May 21, 1969: "The long struggle…

Staff (2019-05-09). Donald Trump Is a Dangerous Human Version of 1980s Muzak. truthout.org "It is unavoidable. It is your destiny." —The Emperor Palpatine, 1983I was in Walgreens the other day in search of Band-Aids with cartoons on them, because my daughter is a self-described "boo-boo catastrophe" who insists I only purchase bandages festooned with beloved children's movie characters. As my fingers did the walking through various Disney-themed wound care products, I sensed a great disturbance in the Force. The source of my distress? The low moan of '80s-era Muzak oozing from the overhead speakers. | My loathing for the 1980s is almost seamless, a perfection of hatred salvaged only by the exi…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-05-09). Watch: Interview With Democratic Congresswoman and 2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard. theintercept.com Ever since Tulsi Gabbard was first elected to Congress in 2012, she has been assertively independent, heterodox, unpredictable, and polarizing. Viewed at first as a loyal Democrat and guaranteed future star by party leaders — due to her status as an Iraq War veteran, a telegenic and dynamic young woman, and the first Hindu and Samoan-American elected to Congress — she has instead become a thorn in the side, and frequent critic, of those same leaders. | Gabbard's transformation from cherished party asset to party critic and outcast was rapid, and was due almost entirely to her insistence on following h…

Janine Jackson (2019-05-09). 'How Does the US Compensate the World for the Damage It Has Done?' – CounterSpin interview with Basav Sen on beyond the Paris Accord. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Basav Sen about going beyond the Paris Climate Accord for the May 3, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign. greenleft.org.au While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Peter Greene (2019-05-09). Charter Schools Have a Big Problem, and Rebranding Won't Help. progressive.org Charters promised all sorts of miraculous educational achievements at low, low prices. But those achievements haven't appeared. More people are understanding that what we're really talking about is the privatization of our public school system.

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Rivers in crisis demand real water solutions now. greenleft.org.au A key federal election issue, which the carefully stage-managed leaders' debates are ignoring, is one on which all our lives depend: access to clean drinking water. | Our rivers are dying and our artesian basins are being poisoned because river water is being sold off at bargain basement rates to the major parties' corporate donors. | Corruption and water theft is just a part of how business is done in large parts of the Murray-Darling Basin. | Water security is vital for rural communities because water sourced from artesian bores and rivers is crucial for farming, especially as prolonged drought bites hard all t…

Staff (2019-05-09). A Green New Deal Must Prioritize Regenerative Agriculture. truthout.org We are at a radically new stage in our fight for the planet. The Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youth-led Sunrise Movement, and hundreds of other climate justice leaders and organizations has given us a new holistic framework for tackling both the climate crisis and structural inequality. | This bold vision for the future has, in a matter of months, radically expanded what is politically possible and clarified what is morally req…

Ruth Conniff (2019-05-09). Trump's Contempt for Democracy is Pushing Congress Toward Impeachment. progressive.org Politically, it might make more sense to focus on the next election, but Constitutionally, Democrats in Congress have no choice but to go after Trump now.

Staff (2019-05-09). Crisis Point? High Stakes in Trump's Showdown With Congress. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Democrats call it a "constitutional crisis." But is it? | Stunned by the extent of the White House's blanket refusal to comply with oversight by Congress, the Democrats warn that the Trump administration is shattering historic norms and testing the nation's system of checks and balances in new and alarming ways. | It's not just the House's fight with the Justice Department over the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. The standoff involves President Donald Trump's unwillingness to engage with dozens of Capitol Hill probes of his tax returns, potential business conflicts and the run…

RT (2019-05-09). AG Barr hit with new subpoena as Dems struggle to extract unredacted Mueller report. rt.com Attorney General William Barr is facing a second House subpoena, this one from intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff, as Democrats double down on their quest for the unredacted Mueller report and the evidence behind it.

RT (2019-05-09). Establishment media suddenly against war… because Trump. rt.com Mainstream media and Democrats are suddenly concerned about President Donald Trump's hawkish advisers, questioning his administration's policy on Iran and Venezuela. Has the US rediscovered peace, or is something else afoot?

Riaz Malik (2019-05-09). Obama's Frustration with Clinton Campaign Should be a Warning to Dems. mintpressnews.com Will Democrats stop wasting their time rehashing conspiracy theories and actually start opposing Trump on Venezuela? On mass surveillance? On tax breaks to the wealthy? On defense spending?

David Dayen (2019-05-09). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders Team Up on Bank Legislation. theintercept.com Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will announce her first major bill today, in partnership with Vermont Sen. and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. It's something Sanders has proposed for many years: a 15 percent interest rate cap on all consumer loans, which would reduce what many Americans pay on their credit cards and effectively eliminate the payday loan industry. | The bill is called the Loan Shark Prevention Act, and it's only two pages long. It includes language that would prevent lenders from adding fees to "evade" the interest rate cap and sets penalties for violators, including a forfeiture of all interest o…

Andrea Germanos (2019-05-09). 'Historical step:' Bernie Sanders's 2020 campaign staffers ratify union contract. nationofchange.org "I know that our newly ratified union contract will make our workplace more equitable, fair and resilient, and our overall campaign will be much stronger with the protections we were able to win for the workers."

Staff (2019-05-09). As Washington State Bans Fracking, Sanders Calls for Nationwide Ban. truthout.org As Bernie Sanders called for a national ban on fracking due to the serious threat it poses to the climate, air quality, and water supply, Washington Governor and 2020 presidential candidate Jay Inslee won praise from environmental groups on Wednesday for signing into law a statewide ban on the destructive drilling practice. | Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, celebrated Inslee…

Emily Apple (2019-05-09). This week's Question Time hasn't even aired and people are pointing out a massive problem. thecanary.co On 9 May, the BBC will broadcast its latest edition of Question Time. But people are pointing out a massive problem with the episode before it's even aired. | The panel will include Nigel Farage and Anna Soubry. They are representatives of two parties — the Brexit Party and Change UK — that have no elected MPs, councillors, or MEPs. While both parties can claim representatives in the European and UK parliaments, neither has faced a public vote. | Meanwhile, the Green Party and the Liberal…

Ryan Cooper (2019-05-09). Why Democrats Should Open an Impeachment Inquiry. commondreams.org Retreating into learned helplessness and hoping the voters will rescue the country from Trump will only embolden his assault on American democracy. (Photo: Illustrated | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, tkoko/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John Nichols (2019-05-08). The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Major Backlash. thenation.com The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Major Backlash…

Janine Jackson (2019-05-08). 'Climate Change Is the Real Job Killer' – CounterSpin interview with Joe Uehlein on Green New Deal. fair.org "It's the best framework that we, in labor, have seen in a very long time for advancing workers' rights. It sets a federal jobs guarantee for people who want to go to work fighting the climate crisis, and it also provides for what they call living wages, or family-supporting wages, in that jobs guarantee."

stuart_m (2019-05-08). Fans stay away from Eurovision in Tel Aviv. greenleft.org.au An Israeli government-backed propaganda initiative is attempting to rig another online poll about whether there should be a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv later this month. | This desperate effort to manipulate public opinion comes as Israeli organisers are struggling to unload thousands of unsold tickets to the event. | The Irish publication thejournal.ie put up a poll asking readers whether they support the boycott. | On April 30, t…

RT (2019-05-08). 'Constitutional crisis' or political stunt? House Democrats hold AG Barr in contempt. rt.com House Judiciary Committee Democrats have voted to hold Attorney William Barr in contempt of Congress for defying their demands for the unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence.

Ryan Grim (2019-05-08). The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer. theintercept.com Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib and Omar are often critical of both Mideast governments. | So when Gottheimer reached out to meet with Tlaib, she was eager to take it, hoping that a personal connection would help bridge their differences. On the day of the meeting, February 6, Gottheimer arriv…

Staff (2019-05-08). Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2). therealnews.com The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…

Akela Lacy (2019-05-08). Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders for Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran. theintercept.com A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…

pip.hinman (2019-05-08). Support needed for prison reform activist Jock Palfreeman on hunger strike. greenleft.org.au Jock Palfreeman, an Australian serving a 20-year jail sentence in Bulgaria on trumped-up murder charges, has been on a hunger strike since April 21. | There has been little news about Palfreeman because the Bulgarian prison authorities have gone to great lengths to cut off any communication he had with the outside world. | While Palfreeman is no newcomer to protest, including in prison, the lack of information about his condition is worrying. His family have been able to get updates through his lawyer Kalin Angelov, who has received sporadic phone calls from Palfreeman. Angelov says the hunger strike is serious a…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated. democracynow.org Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…

Staff (2019-05-07). Does Bernie Sanders Really Have A Black Voter Problem? therealnews.com Last week the Bernieverse was abuzz with the news that Black voters bashed Bernie once again. But are people really getting the full context of what happened, and are Black voters — and Black voters' issues — being glossed over again? An analysis with Anoa Changa…

Matthew Karp (2019-05-07). The Transformation of Bernie Sanders. thenation.com The Transformation of Bernie Sanders…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-05-06). Joe Biden Won't Blame the Republicans for Trump. That Should Disqualify Him. theintercept.com Biden says Trump is the sole cause of America's political crisis — but in fact, the president is a symptom of the GOP's derangement.

Staff (2019-05-06). The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring (2/2). therealnews.com In March, the DCCC announced its policy against progressive challengers of incumbent Dems. But the policy has been met with widespread scorn, and may be starting to backfire. Ryan Grim, Eugene Puryear, and Jacqueline Luqman discuss the situation…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World. democracynow.org The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest actions placing…

David Dayen (2019-05-06). Obama's Agriculture Secretary, Now Working for the Dairy Industry, Urges 2020 Democrats to Be Nice to the Dairy Industry. theintercept.com Some dairy companies have begun to include a list of suicide prevention hotlines in the envelope with farmers' checks.

Staff (2019-05-05). The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring (1/2). therealnews.com In March, the DCCC announced its policy against progressive challengers of incumbent Dems. But the policy has been met with widespread scorn, and may be starting to backfire. Ryan Grim, Eugene Puryear, and Jacqueline Luqman discuss the situation…