Daily Archives: 2019-05-08

2019-05-08: News Headlines

Cenk Uygur (2019-05-08). Young Turks' Uygur: Nancy Pelosi Is Not a Progressive. commondreams.org This is Speaker Pelosi's most common trick: playing to the most conservative denominator. (Photo: Greg Nash) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

Dean Baker (2019-05-08). Krugman v. Sanders on Medicare-for-All. counterpunch.org Last week Krugman devoted a column to dismissing the Democrats septuagenarians (Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders) as not being prepared to deal with the presidency in today's political environment. Part of his indictment of Sanders was an unwillingness to compromise, most notably on health care reform. As Krugman put it: "For Sanders, then, it seems More

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…

Shamus Cooke (2019-05-08). Will A Green New Deal Save the Climate, or Save Capitalism? counterpunch.org After decades of neoliberal torment it's easy to yearn for capitalism's tranquil past, a simpler time that delivered stability, fairness, and progress. This mythology around a golden age of U.S. capitalism is regularly conjured up by Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who reference the New Deal-era programs that delivered democratic reforms and a massive investment More

Norman Solomon (2019-05-08). 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…

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-08). Will the Trump Regime Attack Venezuela and Iran? globalresearch.ca Imperial madness defines US geopolitics under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations. | Naked aggression and other hostile actions are its favored strategies. Trump delegated his geopolitical agenda to hardline extremists Pompeo and Bolton….

RT (2019-05-08). Trump asserts executive privilege over Robert Mueller's report — DOJ. rt.com US President Donald Trump has invoked executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report and other materials subpoenaed by the House Democrats, the Justice Department has said.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-08). Healthy MOMMIES Act Introduced to Tackle 'Unconscionable' US Maternal Mortality Crisis. commondreams.org A group of congressional Democrats on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to tackle the nation's maternal mortality crisis—which disproportionately affects black and Native American women—by promoting community-based, holistic healthcare for pregnant women and new moms. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-08). Biden Spends $1.4 Million on Digital Ads in Less Than Two Weeks. truthout.org Former Vice President and current 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is bolstering his front-runner status in the Democratic primary with a flurry of digital ad spending. | Although he declared his candidacy just two weeks ago, Biden has already surpassed most 2020 Democrats in online ad spending — shelling out more than $1.4 million between Facebook, Google and Twitter. Just two weeks in, Biden's online political advertising spending already accounts for more than one in every $10 spent on digital ads by all major…

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…

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…

John Atcheson (2019-05-08). Unless Democrats Refute the Myth of a "Good Economy," Trump Likely to Win Second Term. commondreams.org U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a Tax March D.C. event on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered on Capitol Hill to urge for "a fair economy that works for all Americans," to "demand" Congress repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and "demand" President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

stuart_m (2019-05-08). Fans staying 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 organizers 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 Tuesday, th…

Staff (2019-05-08). The Unproven Stem Cell Industry's Shameless Profiteering. truthdig.com Their shoulders and backs and knees were giving out. Pills and steroid injections hadn't eased their pain. They were scared of surgery. So, one afternoon last October, two dozen men and women, many of them white-haired, some leaning on canes, shuffled into a meeting room at Robson Ranch, a luxury retirement community in Denton, Texas. Sipping iced tea and clutching brochures that promised a pain-free tomorrow, they checked off their ailments on a questionnaire. | They were there to see a presentation by Dr. David Greene, who was introduced as a "retired orthopedic surgeon." Atlas Medical Center, a local clinic th…

H√©ctor Figueroa (2019-05-08). Save the Planet—With Good Union Jobs. commondreams.org What we really need to make the Green New Deal real is for people of conscience to work together, grow our movement, and push our representatives to invest in a just transition for our communities. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Toby Blome (2019-05-08). 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.

pip.hinman (2019-05-08). Support needed for prison reform activist Jock Palfreeman on hunger strike. greenleft.org.au Since April 21, Jock Palfreeman, an Australian serving a 20-year jail sentence in Bulgaria on trumped-up murder charges, has been on a hunger strike. | 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…

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…

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…

RT (2019-05-07). 'Case closed': Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says time to move on from Russiagate. rt.com Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, declared that there were no illicit ties between President Donald Trump and the Russians, asking Democrats to finally move on.

Dan Corjescu (2019-05-07). It's Globalization, Stupid! counterpunch.org The coming presidential election is not about Trump. It's about the nation state vs globalization. If the democrats don't get that; they will surely loose no matter who becomes their eventual candidate. The recent rise of populist leaders and their nationalist agendas are surely the inevitable political reaction to the Neoliberalism of the last thirty More

RT (2019-05-07). Trump critics drag Tiger Woods over Medal of Freedom. rt.com Golfer Tiger Woods received the highest US civilian decoration from President Donald Trump, prompting media and Democrats to brand him a Trump crony and dismiss his accomplishments in sports and life.

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…

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.

RT (2019-05-06). US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin refuses to give Trump's tax returns to Congress. rt.com US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has officially refused to turn over six years of President Donald Trump's tax filings to House Democrats, declaring their request lacked a "legitimate legislative purpose."

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.

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…

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…

Bryan Wall (2019-05-04). Facebook bans Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos for breaking its rules. thecanary.co Facebook has banned a number of far-right activists and commentators from its platforms for breaking its rules. Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos were two of those whose accounts were banned by the company. Jones has previously claimed the US government faked the Sandy Hook school shooting and that Hillary C…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Accuses Barr of Lying to Congress over Mueller Report, Rep. Nadler Threatens to Hold Barr in Contempt, Over a Million Evacuate as Cyclone Slams Northeastern India, Venezuela Court Orders Arrest of Opposition Leader Leopoldo López, Two Activists Arrested Outside Venezuelan Embassy in D.C., EU Threatens to Sue U.S. over New Restrictions on Cuba, Senate Fails to Overturn Trump Veto on Yemen War, Assange to Fight Extradition to the United States, Pentagon Accused of Killing 10x as Many Civilians Overseas as Acknowledged in New Report, Report: U.S. Military Spending Is Higher Than Next Eight Countries Combined,…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right. greenleft.org.au The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…

barry_h (2019-05-03). Film looks at sexuality and repression in Guatemala. greenleft.org.au Tremors (Temblores)
| Directed by Jayro Bustamante
| Starring María Telón Soc, Juan Pablo Olyslager & Pedro Javier Silva Lira
| Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | Some of the most interesting movies in this year's Spanish Film Festival come from Latin America and among them is this Guatemalan feature. | The story is of a comfortably wealthy middle-aged man, respectably married and part of an extended, conservative family, who finds himself in love with another man. | The claustrophobic social relations are matched by the thick humidity pervading Guatemala City that you can almos…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Sri Lanka: Behind the Easter Sunday bombings. greenleft.org.au On April 21 (Easter Sunday) hundreds of people were killed in bomb explosions at three churches, three hotels and a guest house in Sri Lanka. | The attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. Authorities blamed an extremist Muslim group called the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ – National Monotheism Society). Later, the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility. | Sri Lanka has had a violent history in the seven decades since its independence in 1948. But this history did not include any major conflict between Muslims and Christians. Both Muslims and Christians have in recent years come under attack from Buddhi…

CounterSpin (2019-05-03). Joe Uehlein on Green New Deal, Basav Sen on Beyond the Paris Accord. fair.org Media…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another coup fails. greenleft.org.au "Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'. greenleft.org.au Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…

barry_h (2019-05-03). Film looks at psychological crisis when Mexican capitalists hit the rocks. greenleft.org.au The Good Girls (Las niñas bien)
| Directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella
| Starring Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti
| Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | What is the connection between economic crisis and crises of individual psychology? This subtle Mexican film is as good a representation of it as you could hope for. | In the 1970s, the Mexican economy boomed by relying on easy access to US dollar loans. A dollar loan was like winnig the lottery — effectively a coded expression for easy wealth. For Mexican capit…

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). The Miami Showband massacre: A cover-up in plain sight. greenleft.org.au The Miami Showband Massacre
| Directed by Stuart Sender
| Written by Jeff Zimbalist & Michael Zimbalist
| Screening on Netflix now: | It's a strange thing, scrolling through the options on Netflix and seeing a documentary on the Miami Showband. | For most in Australia and the world, the name is unfamiliar, but for people who lived through or have studied what became known as "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the situation is different. | Here on this global media entertainment platform, amid rom-coms and action movies, is a film de…

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). High school student: 'I am a climate warrior and you should be too'. greenleft.org.au Fifteen-year-old Parker Craig gave the following speech on April 27 before a screening of Accelerate, a film by 350.org, at the Parramatta Activist Centre. | *** | I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the original custodians of this land. It is upon their ancestral lands that we meet and I extend my respect to elders both past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. | I'm a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. | If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would've said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I'm scared of the monster in Parliament House. | I am no…

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). ACTU must heed lesson of past elections. greenleft.org.au Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Kanaky: Independence forces set their sights on 2020 referendum. greenleft.org.au The struggle for self determination in New Caledonia (Kanaky) was boosted last November, when more than 43% of the population voted to support independence from France in a referendum. A second independence referendum will be held next year. | The FLNKS (The Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front), a pro-independence alliance of political parties met in March to plan for the general elections in May and to prepare for the 2020 referendum. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke with FLNKS representative in Australia, Charles Wea about the congress and the referendum campaign. | *** | What is the signific…

barry_h (2019-05-03). German Film Festival offers up Bretch, socialist dissidents and more. greenleft.org.au This year's German Film Festival, taking place across Australia in May and June, promises some stellar events. | A must-see is Mack the Knife – Brecht's Threepenny Film (Mackie Messer — Brechts Dreigrosschenfilm) about Bertolt Brecht's 1930s struggle to make a movie based on his successful stage play. The story of the murderous Mack the Knife and the London underworld weaves in with German capitalism and Brecht's insistent revolutionary politics. | This is matched by the 1931 version of The 3 Penny Opera! This "original cinematic interpretation " promi…

susan_p (2019-05-03). US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'

Reese Erlich (2019-05-02). Foreign Correspondent: Biden vs. Bernie—a Foreign Policy Faceoff. progressive.org Biden backed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and saw the expansion of U.S. militarism in the Mideast during his vice presidency, while Sanders has opposed all recent U.S. wars of aggression.

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Victorian Socialists: Stopping Adani is just the start. greenleft.org.au The Victorian Socialists released the following statement on May 1. | *** | The world is facing a climate emergency and no mainstream party is proposing anywhere near the kind of radical action required to address it. | Tinkering around the edges will not work. Environmentalists have spent decades trying to find a solution to the climate crisis that does not challenge the fundamental logic of capitalism. These efforts have failed. | Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus on the need for serious climate action, and despite the millions poured into research and lobbying efforts by environmental organisations…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Nothing like an election to sort the weird from the crazy. greenleft.org.au The bizarreness of Australian politics was summed up in multi-millionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer's election advertisement accusing Labor of "supporting the big end of town". | I might as well take out a nationwide ad having a go at anyone who likes beer or is too passionate about the slightly beleaguered Western Sydney Wanderers — and even then I'd struggle to match Palmer for sheer hypocrisy. | After all, Palmer was the largest single donor to the Queensland Liberal National Party, before quitting in 2012 over a state budget that included a rise in coalmining royalties. | Palmer's company, Queens…

Fred_F (2019-05-02). Australia needs a dental plan. greenleft.org.au Opposition leader Bill Shorten's pledge to subsidise dental care for pensioners and Senior's Health Care Card holders if elected to government should be welcomed. But it is only a first step toward the kind of universal public dental care we need. | Labor's plan will cover aged pensioners and eligible retirees for up to $1000 in dental care costs every two years. Shorten described it as part of a "vision of universal access to dental care." | He said Labor's scheme — essentially an extension of the Child Dental Benefit Scheme introduced by the Julia Gillard Labor government in 2014 — wo…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Union independence from Labor key to change the rules for workers. greenleft.org.au Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union's campaign to "change the rules" for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first. | Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign. | The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign initially called on voters to "Put the Liberals last". This was important for involving campaigners who are members of parties like the Greens and socialist groups or none at all. | Many activists also believe that…

2019-05-08: Social Media Postees

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The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Backlash
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-08
The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Backlash…
thenation.com/article/dccc-incumbents-pr…

Krugman v. Sanders on Medicare-for-All
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
Last week Krugman devoted a column to dismissing the Democrats septuagenarians (Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders) as not being prepared to deal with the presidency in today's political environment. Part of his indictment of Sanders was an unwillingness to compromise, most notably on health care reform. As Krugman put it:…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/08/krugman-v-sa…

Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders For Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
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…
theintercept.com/2019/05/08/bernie-sande…

Will A Green New Deal Save the Climate, or Save Capitalism?
Shamus Cooke | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
After decades of neoliberal torment it's easy to yearn for capitalism's tranquil past, a simpler time that delivered stability, fairness, and progress. This mythology around a golden age of U.S. capitalism is regularly conjured up by Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who reference the New Deal-era programs that delivered democratic reforms and a massive investment…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/08/will-a-green…

Will the Trump Regime Attack Venezuela and Iran?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Imperial madness defines US geopolitics under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations. | Naked aggression and other hostile actions are its favored strategies. Trump delegated his geopolitical agenda to hardline extremists Pompeo and Bolton….
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-attack-ve…

Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-05-08
After Five Decades of Serving Corporate Power, He's Eager for the Top Job…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/08/1882331…

Healthy MOMMIES Act Introduced to Tackle 'Unconscionable' US Maternal Mortality Crisis
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
A group of congressional Democrats on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to tackle the nation's maternal mortality crisis—which disproportionately affects black and Native American women—by promoting community-based, holistic healthcare for pregnant women and new moms. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/08/healthy…

Unless Democrats Refute the Myth of a "Good Economy," Trump Likely to Win Second Term
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a Tax March D.C. event on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered on Capitol Hill to urge for "a fair economy that works for all Americans," to "demand" Congress repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and "demand" President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/08/unless…

Trump asserts executive privilege over Robert Mueller's report — DOJ
rt.com | 2019-05-08
US President Donald Trump has invoked executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report and other materials subpoenaed by the House Democrats, the Justice Department has said. | …
rt.com/usa/458734-trump-asserts-executiv…

Biden Spends $1.4 Million on Digital Ads in Less Than Two Weeks
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-08
Former Vice President and current 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is bolstering his front-runner status in the Democratic primary with a flurry of digital ad spending. | Although he declared his candidacy just two weeks ago, Biden has already surpassed most 2020 Democrats in online ad spending — shelling out more than $1.4 million between Facebook, Google and Twitter. Just two weeks in, Biden's online political advertising spending already accounts for more than one in every $10 spent on digital ads by all major…
truthout.org/articles/biden-spends-1-4-m…

Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
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…
therealnews.com/stories/fear-mongering-a…

The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
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…
theintercept.com/2019/05/08/josh-gotthei…

Young Turks' Uygur: Nancy Pelosi Is Not a Progressive
Cenk Uygur | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
This is Speaker Pelosi's most common trick: playing to the most conservative denominator. (Photo: Greg Nash) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/08/young-…

Fans staying away from Eurovision in Tel Aviv
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-08
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 organizers 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 Tuesday, th…
greenleft.org.au/content/fans-staying-away-eurovision-tel-aviv

Support needed for prison reform activist Jock Palfreeman on hunger strike
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-08
Since April 21, Jock Palfreeman, an Australian serving a 20-year jail sentence in Bulgaria on trumped-up murder charges, has been on a hunger strike. | 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…
greenleft.org.au/content/support-needed-prison-reform-activist-jock-palfreeman-hunger-strike

Save the Planet—With Good Union Jobs
Héctor Figueroa | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
What we really need to make the Green New Deal real is for people of conscience to work together, grow our movement, and push our representatives to invest in a just transition for our communities. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/08/save-p…

CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE
Toby Blome | indybay.org | 2019-05-08
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.
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The Unproven Stem Cell Industry's Shameless Profiteering
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-08
Their shoulders and backs and knees were giving out. Pills and steroid injections hadn't eased their pain. They were scared of surgery. So, one afternoon last October, two dozen men and women, many of them white-haired, some leaning on canes, shuffled into a meeting room at Robson Ranch, a luxury retirement community in Denton, Texas. Sipping iced tea and clutching brochures that promised a pain-free tomorrow, they checked off their ailments on a questionnaire. | They were there to see a presentation by Dr. David Greene, who was introduced as a "retired orthopedic surgeon." Atlas Medical Center, a local clinic th…
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The Transformation of Bernie Sanders
Matthew Karp | thenation.com | 2019-05-07
The Transformation of Bernie Sanders…
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Does Bernie Sanders Really Have A Black Voter Problem?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-07
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…
therealnews.com/stories/does-bernie-sand…

After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-07
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/7/after_flor…

Trump critics drag Tiger Woods over Medal of Freedom
rt.com | 2019-05-07
Golfer Tiger Woods received the highest US civilian decoration from President Donald Trump, prompting media and Democrats to brand him a Trump crony and dismiss his accomplishments in sports and life. | …
rt.com/usa/458529-tiger-woods-trump-meda…

'Case closed': Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says time to move on from Russiagate
rt.com | 2019-05-07
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, declared that there were no illicit ties between President Donald Trump and the Russians, asking Democrats to finally move on. | …
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It's Globalization, Stupid!
Dan Corjescu | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-07
The coming presidential election is not about Trump. It's about the nation state vs globalization. If the democrats don't get that; they will surely loose no matter who becomes their eventual candidate. The recent rise of populist leaders and their nationalist agendas are surely the inevitable political reaction to the Neoliberalism of the last thirty…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/07/its-globaliz…

The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring (2/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-06
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…
therealnews.com/stories/the-dcccs-anti-p…

Joe Biden Won't Blame the Republicans for Trump. That Should Disqualify Him
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-05-06
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.
theintercept.com/2019/05/06/joe-biden-tr…

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

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin refuses to give Trump's tax returns to Congress
rt.com | 2019-05-06
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has officially refused to turn over six years of President Donald Trump's tax filings to House Democrats, declaring their request lacked a "legitimate legislative purpose." | …
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Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-06
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…
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The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-05
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…
therealnews.com/stories/the-dcccs-anti-p…

Facebook bans Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos for breaking its rules
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-04
Facebook has banned a number of far-right activists and commentators from its platforms for breaking its rules. Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos were two of those whose accounts were banned by the company. Jones has previously claimed the US government faked the Sandy Hook school shooting and that Hillary C…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/05/04/facebook-bans-alex-jones-and-milo-yiannopoulos-for-breaking-its-rules/

Kanaky: Independence forces set their sights on 2020 referendum
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The struggle for self determination in New Caledonia (Kanaky) was boosted last November, when more than 43% of the population voted to support independence from France in a referendum. A second independence referendum will be held next year. | The FLNKS (The Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front), a pro-independence alliance of political parties met in March to plan for the general elections in May and to prepare for the 2020 referendum. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke with FLNKS representative in Australia, Charles Wea about the congress and the referendum campaign. | *** | What is the signific…
greenleft.org.au/content/kanaky-independence-forces-set-their-sights-2020-referendum

Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-elections-important-battle-won-against-right

Joe Uehlein on Green New Deal, Basav Sen on Beyond the Paris Accord
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-05-03
Media…
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The Miami Showband massacre: A cover-up in plain sight
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The Miami Showband Massacre | Directed by Stuart Sender | Written by Jeff Zimbalist & Michael Zimbalist | Screening on Netflix now: | It's a strange thing, scrolling through the options on Netflix and seeing a documentary on the Miami Showband. | For most in Australia and the world, the name is unfamiliar, but for people who lived through or have studied what became known as "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the situation is different. | Here on this global media entertainment platform, amid rom-coms and action movies, is a film de…
greenleft.org.au/content/miami-showband-massacre-cover-plain-sight

ACTU must heed lesson of past elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…
greenleft.org.au/content/actu-must-heed-lesson-past-elections

German Film Festival offers up Bretch, socialist dissidents and more
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
This year's German Film Festival, taking place across Australia in May and June, promises some stellar events. | A must-see is Mack the Knife – Brecht's Threepenny Film (Mackie Messer — Brechts Dreigrosschenfilm) about Bertolt Brecht's 1930s struggle to make a movie based on his successful stage play. The story of the murderous Mack the Knife and the London underworld weaves in with German capitalism and Brecht's insistent revolutionary politics. | This is matched by the 1931 version of The 3 Penny Opera! This "original cinematic interpretation " promi…
greenleft.org.au/content/german-film-festival-offers-bretch-socialist-dissidents-and-

Film looks at sexuality and repression in Guatemala
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Tremors (Temblores) | Directed by Jayro Bustamante | Starring María Telón Soc, Juan Pablo Olyslager & Pedro Javier Silva Lira | Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | Some of the most interesting movies in this year's Spanish Film Festival come from Latin America and among them is this Guatemalan feature. | The story is of a comfortably wealthy middle-aged man, respectably married and part of an extended, conservative family, who finds himself in love with another man. | The claustrophobic social relations are matched by the thick humidity pervading Guatemala City that you can almos…
greenleft.org.au/content/film-looks-sexuality-and-repression-guatemala

Sri Lanka: Behind the Easter Sunday bombings
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
On April 21 (Easter Sunday) hundreds of people were killed in bomb explosions at three churches, three hotels and a guest house in Sri Lanka. | The attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. Authorities blamed an extremist Muslim group called the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ – National Monotheism Society). Later, the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility. | Sri Lanka has had a violent history in the seven decades since its independence in 1948. But this history did not include any major conflict between Muslims and Christians. Both Muslims and Christians have in recent years come under attack from Buddhi…
greenleft.org.au/content/sri-lanka-behind-easter-sunday-bombings

Film looks at psychological crisis when Mexican capitalists hit the rocks
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) | Directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella | Starring Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti | Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | What is the connection between economic crisis and crises of individual psychology? This subtle Mexican film is as good a representation of it as you could hope for. | In the 1970s, the Mexican economy boomed by relying on easy access to US dollar loans. A dollar loan was like winnig the lottery — effectively a coded expression for easy wealth. For Mexican capit…
greenleft.org.au/content/film-looks-psychological-crisis-when-mexican-capitalists-hit-rocks

Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-economist-hyperinflation-powerful-imperialist-weapon

High school student: 'I am a climate warrior and you should be too'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Fifteen-year-old Parker Craig gave the following speech on April 27 before a screening of Accelerate, a film by 350.org, at the Parramatta Activist Centre. | *** | I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the original custodians of this land. It is upon their ancestral lands that we meet and I extend my respect to elders both past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. | I'm a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. | If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would've said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I'm scared of the monster in Parliament House. | I am no…
greenleft.org.au/content/high-school-student-i-am-climate-warrior-and-you-should-be-too

Venezuela: Another coup fails
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
"Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-another-coup-fails

US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-sanctions-killed-more-40000-venezuela

Foreign Correspondent: Biden vs. Bernie–a Foreign Policy Faceoff
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-05-02
Biden backed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and saw the expansion of U.S. militarism in the Mideast during his vice presidency, while Sanders has opposed all recent U.S. wars of aggression.
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Australia needs a dental plan
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Opposition leader Bill Shorten's pledge to subsidise dental care for pensioners and Senior's Health Care Card holders if elected to government should be welcomed. But it is only a first step toward the kind of universal public dental care we need. | Labor's plan will cover aged pensioners and eligible retirees for up to $1000 in dental care costs every two years. Shorten described it as part of a "vision of universal access to dental care." | He said Labor's scheme — essentially an extension of the Child Dental Benefit Scheme introduced by the Julia Gillard Labor government in 2014 — wo…
greenleft.org.au/content/australia-needs-dental-plan

Socialist candidate: 'We need renewables not gas'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Socialist Alliance NSW Senate candidate Joel McAlear, who grew up in a working-class family in the Illawarra, said the new gas hub slated for Port Kembla is a step in the wrong direction. | "How can anyone seriously argue that it makes sense to build an import terminal to bring in liquified gas — a fossil fuel — from overseas and re-gasify it here?", McAlear asked. | The $250 million gas import terminal is being promoted as the solution to the state's gas needs and a jobs provider for the region. | But McAlear believes it is "no solution for employment nor for our future energy needs. | "It ignores th…
greenleft.org.au/content/socialist-candidate-we-need-renewables-not-gas

Nothing like an election to sort the weird from the crazy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
The bizarreness of Australian politics was summed up in multi-millionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer's election advertisement accusing Labor of "supporting the big end of town". | I might as well take out a nationwide ad having a go at anyone who likes beer or is too passionate about the slightly beleaguered Western Sydney Wanderers — and even then I'd struggle to match Palmer for sheer hypocrisy. | After all, Palmer was the largest single donor to the Queensland Liberal National Party, before quitting in 2012 over a state budget that included a rise in coalmining royalties. | Palmer's company, Queens…
greenleft.org.au/content/nothing-election-sort-weird-crazy

Union independence from Labor key to change the rules for workers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union's campaign to "change the rules" for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first. | Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign. | The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign initially called on voters to "Put the Liberals last". This was important for involving campaigners who are members of parties like the Greens and socialist groups or none at all. | Many activists also believe that…
greenleft.org.au/content/union-independence-labor-key-change-rules-workers

Victorian Socialists: Stopping Adani is just the start
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
The Victorian Socialists released the following statement on May 1. | *** | The world is facing a climate emergency and no mainstream party is proposing anywhere near the kind of radical action required to address it. | Tinkering around the edges will not work. Environmentalists have spent decades trying to find a solution to the climate crisis that does not challenge the fundamental logic of capitalism. These efforts have failed. | Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus on the need for serious climate action, and despite the millions poured into research and lobbying efforts by environmental organisations…
greenleft.org.au/content/victorian-socialists-stopping-adani-just-start