2018-05-03: News Headlines

Michelle Zacarias (2018-05-03). The ecological fascism of Thanos in Marvel's 'Infinity War'. peoplesworld.org Marvel's latest blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War opened Friday, April 27 and already broke records, scoring the biggest box office opening ever. Fans rushed to theaters to get a piece of the action—an intergalactic battle featuring all of Marvel's greatest heroes. One key player, Thanos, made his official debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), awarding […]…

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-03). The US Doesn't Want to be the "World's Policeman", but Its "Marshal" globalresearch.ca Trump drew the mockery of many when he said that the US doesn't want to be the "world's policeman", but what people don't realize is that cops handle small-time activities such as what in this context would be "peacekeeping", while …

Peter Koenig (2018-05-03). The Koreas Unified and at Peace? — How About Syria, Iran and Venezuela? globalresearch.ca Peace — in the Koreas, is what the world expects; and Peace in the world is what humanity expects, the vast majority — 99.9% of the world population wants peace, but it's the 0.1% that commands war and destruction, since …

Robert Parry (2018-05-03). May Day '71: When Bob Parry Went to Jail in the Biggest Mass Arrest in U.S. History. globalresearch.ca A note from Nat Parry: | In the spring of 1971, with war raging in Vietnam, the U.S. peace movement hoped to shut down the federal government in an audacious mass civil disobedience action. Under the slogan "If the government won't …

Emma Howard (2018-05-03). New Air Pollution Database Maps World's Most Polluted Cities. mintpressnews.com India is home to the world's most toxic cities. Beijing is no longer the global symbol of smog it once was. And there is a staggering lack of air quality monitoring in some countries.

The Hudson Report (2018-05-03). The History of Debt Cancellation and Jesus's Economic Justice Activism. counterpunch.org Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle, creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. The Hudson Report is a new weekly series produced by Left Out with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every episode we cover an economic or political issue that More

Niall Bradley (2018-05-03). Flashback 2005: Watch CNN's Christiane Amanpour Tell Syria's Assad 'US Is Coming for You'. globalresearch.ca In late 2005 CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Syrian president Bashar al-Assad ahead of the publication of a UN report on an investigation into the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minster of Lebanon, on Valentine's Day that year. Syria's …

CP Editor (2018-05-03). Noam Chomsky — A Perfect Storm. counterpunch.org

Zero Hedge (2018-05-03). Trump "All but Decided to Withdraw" from Iran Deal as IAEA Refutes Netanyahu Speech. globalresearch.ca Soon after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a televised address in which he unveiled a cache of 55,000 pages of documents and 183 CDs that he claimed comprised Iran's alleged "atomic archive" of documents on its nuclear program, supposedly …

Ellie Geranmayeh (2018-05-03). Europe's Balancing Act on the Nuclear Deal: Wooing Trump Without Losing Iran. globalresearch.ca For much of Iran's political elite, and its overwhelmingly young population, the nuclear deal is becoming a story of failure. This situation risks impacting on Tehran's willingness to engage politically and to reach diplomatic compromises with Western powers. Last week …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-03). Video: The Art of War: US Fleet with 1000 Missiles in the Mediterranean. globalresearch.ca The fleet, with more than 8,000 men on board, has an enormous firepower. The Truman — a supercarrier 300 meters long, equipped with two nuclear reactors – can launch 90 fighters and helicopters in consecutive waves. Its strike group is supplemented by 4 destroyers and submarines, can launch over 1,000 cruise missiles.

Rima Najjar (2018-05-03). The Saudi Prince and the Palestinian Paupers. globalresearch.ca As a Palestinian, I barely raise an eyebrow when I hear Mohammed bin Salman say things like, Palestinians "must accept what US offers or stop complaining." | That's because I don't make the mistaken assumption (as many people do) that the …

David Orchard (2018-05-03). Aboriginal Rights and the Proposed Pipeline Corridor: Why Are Canadian Governments Doing the Kinder Morgan Kowtow? globalresearch.ca Featured image: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, centre, speaks before a meeting about the deadlock over Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, in Trudeau's on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April …

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

Mark Taliano (2018-05-03). Has Critical Thinking Become Extinct? Washington's War on Western Minds. globalresearch.ca The late Zbigniew Brzezinski was an architect in the use of fanatical terrorists to invade and destroy countries. Washington used the tactic in Afghanistan, and Washington is still using so-called "jihadi" terrorists to destroy non-compliant countries. Washington has been destroying …

Jack Rasmus (2018-05-03). Trump's Phony Trade War. counterpunch.org What's going on with Trump's trade offensive? There's a dual track policy underway: One a phony trade war with US allies; the other a potential (but not yet) trade war with China, that may also in the end prove less than a bonafide 'trade war' as well. Trump's trade team heads off to Beijing this More

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

PJHC (2018-05-03). North and South Korea: A Handshake that Shook the World. globalresearch.ca Featured image: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un embrace each other after releasing a joint statement at the truce village of Panmunjeom, Friday. (Source: Korea Summit Press Pool) | One of the memorable events of the …

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

Jessica Corbett (2018-05-03). 'A Dangerous Low': Trump Ignores Deadline for Reporting Civilians Killed by US Drone Attacks. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Anti-drone demonstrators march in 2013. (Photo: Debra Sweet/flickr/cc) | The Trump administration on Tuesday flouted two major deadlines for disclosing the number of civilians killed by U.S. military forces: one public report that was mandated by an Obama-era …

James Bovard (2018-05-03). How James Comey Helped Save Bush-Era CIA Torture. mintpressnews.com James Comey helped legally sanctify CIA torture including death via hypothermia, rape-like rectal feeding of detainees, compelling detainees to stand long periods on broken legs, and dozens of cases of innocent people pointlessly brutalized.

Carole Avalon (2018-05-03). The children's war continues for 'The Americans'. peoplesworld.org Paige Jennings, the collegiate daughter of two 1980s undercover Soviet operatives, thinks she is more than capable of handling herself in a fight. After all, her mother, the formidable Elizabeth (Keri Russell) has been sparring with her for years. Given Paige's increasing role as a back-up surveillance team member, one can see why her confidence […]…

Patrick Cockburn (2018-05-03). Why Israel's Bombing of Syria May Backfire. counterpunch.org It is likely that Israel launched the missile attack in Syria that killed at least 26 pro-government fighters, many of them Iranians, late on Sunday night. The targets included a ground-to-ground missile depot that exploded with the seismic impact of a small earthquake. Iranian news outlets first confirmed and then denied that Iranian facilities had been destroyed, suggesting More

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-05-03). Trump Is Terrified of Something in Michael Cohen's Files—It's Not Stormy Daniels. alternet.org The raid on his lawyer's office was clearly the tipping point | What Rudy Giuliani revealed in his Tuesday night interview was astounding, his post interview follow-up made it worse, and his Wednesday morning attempts to walk things back, only underlined the problem. Not only did Donald Trump know about the payments to Stormy Daniels, but Trump and Cohen . . . "They funneled through a law firm, and the president repaid it," Mr. Giuliani told Sean Hannity, the Fox News hostThat's an amazing statement to be coming from the mouth of an attorney—one who thinks he's actually making the situation better. But more than that, Giuliani admitted that Trump paid Michael Cohen far more than the $130,000 that went to Stormy Daniels. Trump paid Cohen "$460,000 or $470,000" at a rate of $35,000 a month. While, according to Giuliani, Cohen was. . .

Kelly Macias, Daily Kos (2018-05-03). Principal Disgustingly Jokes About Calling Police on Black Student with Special Needs. alternet.org The horrific audio includes a joke about telling police he has a gun. | Day after day, more evidence emerges that confirms something that should be common knowledge by now: America has a serious problem with police violence. Not only is that painfully obvious, but we have a plethora of data which confirms that it poses a specific threat to people of color, and blacks, in particular. This is no laughing matter. Yet, for some reason, an elementary school principal in Houston thinks it is. That's why she joked about calling the police on a black student, who also has special needs, and telling them that he brought a gun to school. Here's what happened, according to The Huffington Post: On April 17, Shanna Swearingen, the principal at Ponderosa Elementary School, made joke to three staff members. The boy has had. . .

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2018-05-03). Trump's Phony Trade War. globalresearch.ca Trump's trade team heads off to Beijing this week of May 2018 to attempt to negotiate terms of a new US-China trade deal. The US decision whether to continue the exemptions on Steel and Aluminum tariffs with the European Union …

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-03). The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) Is Unravelling and "It's All the US' Fault" globalresearch.ca Half of Unasur's members suspended their participation in the South American bloc. | The American-friendly governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru coordinated their move just days after Bolivia assumed the rotating presidency of the organization, justifying their decision …

Mr. Fish (2018-05-03). Company Bone-Us. truthdig.com

Prof. Peter Beinart (2018-05-03). American Jews Have Abandoned Gaza — And the Truth. The Struggle for Human Decency. globalresearch.ca "In our time," wrote George Orwell in 1946, "political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible." British colonialism, the Soviet gulag and America's dropping of an atomic bomb, he argued, "can indeed be defended, but only by …

Staff (2018-05-03). Richard D. Wolff on the 'Bad Side of George Orwell' (Video). truthdig.com In a video for the nonprofit acTVism Munich, renowned Marxist economist Richard D. Wolff explains what "homework" author George Orwell would've benefited from before writing his famous dystopian novel "1984." | Wolff also talks about the U.S. military budget and the left's take on labor. | — Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

The Conversation (2018-05-03). Young American Jews Are Turning Away from the State of Israel. alternet.org They're disinclined to support a government they view as oppressive. | Natalie Portman, the Oscar-winning actress, recently kicked off a massive storm of controversy when she pulled out of a prestigious award ceremony in Israel because, she said, she "did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu. "The response to Portman's refusal to appear alongside Israel's prime minister was intense. She was denounced by right-wing Israeli politicians. One labeled Portman's decision as borderline anti-Semitic. Another suggested that her Israeli citizenship should be stripped. Born in Israel, Portman is a dual American-Israeli citizen. The reaction within the American Jewish community was more divided. Some assailed her for being disloyal, deluded, or, at best, misguided. Others hailed her as a hero for publicly voicing her opposition to Netanyahu and his government's hard-line policies. Portman's protest touched a raw nerve not. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-03). Sarah Sanders Won't Say Whether She Was 'In the Dark' on the Stormy Daniels Payment. alternet.org The question goes to the fundamental credibility of the White House. | Sarah Sanders on Thursday wouldn't say whether she was kept in the dark about President Donald Trump's hush money payment to former adult film star Stephanie Clifford, who is better known as Stormy Daniels. CNN reporter Jim Acosta probed the press secretary on the matter at the afternoon's press briefing. The night before, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani had undermined month's of the White House's denials that the president had any part in or knowledge of the payment to Clifford, which was meant to ensure her silence about an alleged affair with Trump. Giuliani said that the president had reimbursed his attorney Michael Cohen for making the payment. On March 7, Sanders said of the payment to Clifford, "There was no knowledge of any payment from the president, and he's denied all these. . .

Staff (2018-05-03). Did Giuliani Implicate Trump in Campaign Finance Violations? truthdig.com The president acknowledged he repaid his personal lawyer for hush money given to porn actress Stormy Daniels after claiming he didn't know about the payments.

Richard Galustian (2018-05-03). Haftar's Return to Libya. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Haftar last Thursday early evening at Benghazi's Benina Airport (Source: LNA website & social media) | Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar returned from a Paris hospital, via Cairo, to Libya on a proverbial 'white horse'. | Recovered after two weeks of …

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

Binoy Kampmark (2018-05-03). Macron's Travels in Trumpland. counterpunch.org All smiles and hugs is the current French President, Emmanuel Macron. In the White House, there seemed to be an emotional equation generated by the supposedly warm relationship between President Donald Trump and his guest. In entertainment vision, substance would only consist of wiping the dandruff off the jacket of Macron and handshakes so firm More

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

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

Mark Fiore (2018-05-03). The Question: Mueller Interviews Trump (Video). truthdig.com Now that a list of Mueller's questions for President Trump has leaked, we have a better idea of how much trouble awaits the president. Add that together with Trump's inability to keep his mouth shut or stay on message and you've got a defense attorney's nightmare. | There is almost no way the president can answer these questions without falling into a lie or trying to correct a previous lie. Apparently Trump was looking for the word "collusion" in all caps in the list of questions, and when that didn't appear he once again felt vindicated. | It is abundantly clear that the special counsel is very, very interested in the president's involvement in Trump campaign interactions with Russia, not to mention Ukraine. As the Trump legal team…

Prof. Alon Ben-Meir (2018-05-03). Albania Must Choose Between the EU and Turkey. globalresearch.ca

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2018-05-03). We Europeans Say No to a War Against Russia! globalresearch.ca In the past, Germany let itself be dragged in the First World War and has inflicted immeasurable suffering on the Russian people during the Second World War. | We will not allow such a crime to happen again! | If the German …

Melvin Goodman (2018-05-03). The CIA's Big Lie for Gina Haspel. counterpunch.org The Central Intelligence Agency is rolling out the "big lie" on Capital Hill in order to gain confirmation for Gina Haspel as its director. Haspel became the CIA's deputy director in February 2017 when then CIA director Mike Pompeo, who has endorsed torture and abuse, ignored the Senate Intelligence Committee's authoritative report on torture and named one of tortures strongest advocates within the National Clandestine Service. More

Thomas White, Aeon (2018-05-03). What Did Hannah Arendt Really Mean by 'the Banality of Evil?&#039. alternet.org The banality-of-evil thesis was a flashpoint for controversy. | Can one do evil without being evil? This was the puzzling question that the philosopher Hannah Arendt grappled with when she reported for The New Yorker in 1961 on the war crimes trial of Adolph Eichmann, the Nazi operative responsible for organising the transportation of millions of Jews and others to various concentration camps in support of the Nazi's Final Solution. Arendt found Eichmann an ordinary, rather bland, bureaucrat, who in her words, was 'neither perverted nor sadistic', but 'terrifyingly normal'. He acted without any motive other than to diligently advance his career in the Nazi bureaucracy. Eichmann was not an amoral monster, she concluded in her study of the case, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963). Instead, he performed evil deeds without evil intentions, a fact connected to. . .

Staff (2018-05-03). For Many in Yemen, Bread and Tea Are the Day's Sole Meal. truthdig.com Aid agencies warn that parts of Yemen could soon start to see widespread death from famine as a three-year war drags on interminably.

The Conversation (2018-05-03). This Is What I Learned from Attending an Actual Flat-Earth Convention. alternet.org While flat earthers seem to trust and support scientific methods, what they don't trust is scientists. | Speakers recently flew in from around (or perhaps, across? ) the earth for a three-day event held in Birmingham: the UK's first ever public Flat Earth Convention. It was well attended, and wasn't just three days of speeches and YouTube clips (though, granted, there was a lot of this). There was also a lot of team-building, networking, debating, workshops — and scientific experiments. Yes, flat earthers do seem to place a lot of emphasis and priority on scientific methods and, in particular, on observable facts. The weekend in no small part revolved around discussing and debating science, with lots of time spent running, planning, and reporting on the latest set of flat earth experiments and models. Indeed, as one presenter noted early on, flat earthers try. . .

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

Jonathan Cortes, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-03). I Was Detained in a Hellish Private Prison—And Wall Street Corporations Are Behind It All. alternet.org Large corporations value making money more than human rights and shouldn't be anywhere near the prison system. | I came to the United States from Honduras in 2016, seeking asylum after being viciously assaulted because I'm gay. I immigrated seeking safety, to be treated like a human being regardless of my sexual orientation. Instead, as soon as I crossed the border, I was thrown into a private immigrant detention center in Arizona, where I was stripped of my humanity. No matter how I tell my story, it won't describe the horrors I faced during the seven weeks I was in CoreCivic's detention facility. I lost more than 11 pounds, being fed a diet that consisted almost entirely of potatoes, often served boiled and unpeeled. I was awoken for breakfast at 3: 30 every morning and only allowed outside for one hour a day. To. . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-05-03). The Feds Tapped Michael Cohen's Phone and Intercepted at Least One White House Call. alternet.org Bad news for the president. | Federal officials have been wiretapping Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen for weeks, according to a new report from NBC News. Citing two sources, NBC News reports that the wiretap "was in place in the weeks leading up to the raids on Cohen's offices, hotel room, and home in early April. "Additionally, NBC News' sources say that at least one call made between Cohen and the White House was intercepted, although it's not clear that Cohen spoke directly with President Donald Trump in the intercepted call. Although investigators have revealed in the past that they have conducted secret searches of Cohen's email archives, this is the first time that it's been revealed that officials had been tapping Cohen's phones as well. NBC's sources also claim that new White House lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the president to stop calling Cohen on. . .

Ted Rall (2018-05-03). America is One of the Few Cultures with Insults for Smart People. counterpunch.org There was controversy about it, but the Inuit famously and really do have at least 50 words for snow. The Scots have 241! The Sami people of northern Scandinavia and Russia use more than 1000 words for reindeer. Sanskrit, the language of the Kama Sutra, offers 267 words for love. Languages tend to evolve to More

Staff (2018-05-03). Transgender Inmate Suing Prison Agency Claims Rape. truthdig.com Lindsay Saunders-Velez says she was assaulted at a men's prison after a judge denied her request to block the prison from keeping her in a disciplinary unit.

Chuck Collins (2018-05-03). Advice for high school graduates: Learn a trade. peoplesworld.org In the classic 1960s movie The Graduate, a family friend offers Dustin Hoffman, the recent graduate, one word of advice: "plastics." My advice for today's high school graduates: "learn a trade." Unfortunately, there's a historic stigma about "vocational ed," the result of snobbery toward certain occupations. Yes, there's also the shameful practice of tracking low-income whites […]…

RT News (2018-05-03). Videos: From Rallies to Riots: May Day Across the World. globalresearch.ca Workers across the globe took to the streets for Labor Day celebrations, in numbers ranging from hundreds to tens of thousands. | May Day is a public holiday in many countries, used by labor unions to voice their concerns and demands …

The Conversation (2018-05-03). Ben Carson's Housing 'Reform' Plan Is an Attack on the Poor. alternet.org He wants to jack up rents on the poorest Americans and impose stricter work requirements. | The Trump administration recently proposed fundamental changes to how the federal government helps low-income families pay for housing. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson claims his "welfare reform," which would jack up rents on the poorest Americans and impose stricter work requirements, would promote self-sufficiency and make federal housing assistance fiscally sustainable. As someone who has studied, taught and written about housing policy for more than 25 years, I believe the proposal would do nothing of the kind. Housing welfare, by the numbersAbout 4. 8 million of the nation's lowest-income households currently receive housing assistance from the federal government, a figure that hasn't changed much over the past decade. About 1 million households live in public housing, 2. 5 million receive housing choice vouchers that subsidize the. . .

Staff (2018-05-03). Hawaii Poised to Ban Sale of Sunscreens That Damage Coral. truthdig.com Under a bill passed by state lawmakers, the sale of lotions containing oxybenzone and octinoxate—which can be toxic to coral—will be blocked by 2021.

James Bovard (2018-05-03). "Torturing Jim" Comey is No Martin Luther. counterpunch.org "Here I stand, I can do no other," James Comey told President George W. Bush in 2004 when Bush pressured Comey — who was then Deputy Attorney General — to approve an unlawful antiterrorist policy. Comey, who was FBI chief from 2013 to 2017, was quoting a line reputedly uttered by Martin Luther in 1521, when More

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

Stansfield Smith (2018-05-03). Dan Kovalik's "The Plot to Attack Iran:" a Tool to Combat Washington's Middle East Wars. counterpunch.org The Plot to Attack Iran gives a readable and well- referenced look at Western — especially US — abuse of Iran. The author and human rights lawyer Dan Kovalik presents a concise overview of US imperial conduct since World War II. The book is a reminder, which we need from time to time, of the outrageous More

Claudia Torrens (2018-05-03). NY: hispanos demandan a empresa de trenes por discriminación. peoplesworld.org NUEVA YORK (AP) — "Durante esa época pensé en el suicidio. Pensé en tirarme de un puente. Había un puente en Woodside, Queens, y solía caminar hasta él por las noches". Eso manifestó el mexicano Omar Enrique Campos en una demanda interpuesta por él y otros 17 trabajadores mexicanos, ecuatorianos y dominicanos contra una empresa […]…

Staff (2018-05-03). Kanye West Needs to Visit the Montgomery Slavery Memorial. truthdig.com The rap artist provokes controversy, saying in an interview with celebrity news website TMZ: "When you hear about slavery for 400 years … That sounds like a choice."

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

A.C. Thompson, Ali Winston, Jake Hanrahan, ProPublica (2018-05-03). Notorious Hate Group Includes Active-Duty Military Among Members. alternet.org The involvement of current or former service members in white supremacist groups has long been a concern. | This story was co-published with Frontline PBS. The 18-year-old, excited by his handiwork at the bloody rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer, quickly went online to boast. He used the handle VasillistheGreek. "Today cracked 3 skulls open with virtually no damage to myself," the young man wrote on Aug. 12, 2017. Vasillios Pistolis had come to the now infamous Unite the Right rally eager for such violence. He belonged to a white supremacist group known as Atomwaffen Division, a secretive neo-Nazi organization whose members say they are preparing for a coming race war in the U. S. In online chats leading up to the rally, Pistolis had been encouraged to be vicious with any counterprotestors, maybe even sodomize someone with a knife. He'd responded by saying he was. . .

Juan Cole (2018-05-03). Netanyahu: Don't Look Here Where We're Shooting Children, Look Over There at Iran. globalresearch.ca Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a notorious warmonger, serial liar and supremacist racialist who used to lead the closest thing Israel has to a fascist party until parties even more extreme got elected to parliament, is attempting to bamboozle …

Dave Lindorff (2018-05-03). Mumia Seeks to Show Top State Judge Doubled as Prosecutor and Jurist Reviewing His Appeals. counterpunch.org Following a brief hearing in Philadelphia on Monday, Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker, learning that the Philadelphia District Attorney's office had thus far failed find and turn over, in response to his earlier order, any documents showing a role by former District Attorney Ron Castille regarding the department's handling of an appeal by More

RT (2018-05-03). Explosion during 'domestic' hostage situation in Connecticut injures 9 officers (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com Nine officers were injured after an explosion rocked a house in Connecticut, where police and SWAT officers were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife and family hostage. Police also discovered human remains at the site.
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RT (2018-05-03). Amazon v Seattle: 7,000 jobs under threat as retail giant protests homeless tax. rt.com Amazon has halted development of a high-rise office block in downtown Seattle, threatening to ditch the plans altogether unless the city withdraws a proposed new tax to fund homelessness programs.
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Michael Fox (2018-05-03). In a Crackdown in Argentina, Police Shot for the Head and Blinded Protesters with Rubber Bullets. theintercept.com Thirty-six-year-old Hugo Adrian Palazón is a cartonero, or recycler, from a poor neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He supports his wife and five children by collecting cardboard boxes, tin cans, and plastic bottles on the city streets. Or at least he did, until he lost one of his eyes. | On December 18, 2017, thousands marched in Buenos Aires against a controversial pension reform that unions said would slash benefits and hurt retirees. The demonstration wound, for blocks, around Argentina's Congress. Most of it was peaceful, but police faced off for hours with a group of several hundred protesters hurling rocks, chunks of concrete, and other projectiles. | And then the police pushed back — hard. They cleared the plaza and its neighboring streets with force. Cellphone footage from the day shows people running from the approaching troops across the square, corralled down…

RT (2018-05-03). US Green Berets covertly helping Saudi Arabia in Yemen — report. rt.com A team of US Army Green Berets have been covertly aiding Saudi Arabian forces in their fight against Yemeni Houthi rebels, according to New York Times sources. |
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RT (2018-05-03). Fuel tanker hits power lines: Sparks fly in dramatic crash (VIDEO). rt.com US police have released footage of the moment a truck laden with 12,000 gallons (45,000 liters) of fuel smashed into power lines, causing sparks to fly.The driver has blamed the collision on a freak bird encounter.
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RT (2018-05-03). GOP colleagues nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize for 'single-handedly resolving' Korean crisis. rt.com Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize by House Republicans, who believe his threats of sanctions and war is the "only reason" why Pyongyang is reconciling with Seoul and moving towards denuclearization.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-03). Kenyan Media Has Little to Celebrate on Press Freedom Day. hrw.org An anti-riot police officer aims a teargas canister while journalists cover an anti-corruption protest in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. November 3, 2016. | © 2016 REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya | Kenya joined the rest of the world to celebrate freedom of the press this week under a hostile and uncertain environment for the media. Despite numerous public promises by President Uhuru Kenyatta to safeguard press freedom, the situation has continued to deteriorate as police and senior state officials increasingly get away with physical attacks or open threats to journalists writing on sensitive issues. | The period around August 2017's disputed presidential elections was particularly challenging for the media. But while political tensions have eased, the ability of journalists to report and comment freely continue to be undermined by state officials. | On March 26, 2018, Kenyan media reported…

Ryan Gallagher (2018-05-03). British Neo-Nazis Are on the Rise — and They're Becoming More Organized and Violent. theintercept.com The town of Banff on the northeastern coast of Scotland is a peaceful place, with just 4,000 residents and a picturesque bay that flows into the open sea. Fifty miles from the nearest big city, the air is fresh and the pace of life is slow. But for one young man, the town's seaside location offered no contentment. He was stockpiling weapons and planning an act of terrorism. | Connor Ward lived in a gray, semi-detached apartment building a short walk from Banff's marina, where dozens of small boats are docked and fishermen depart each day on a hunt for mackerel or sea trout. Inside his home, 25-year-old Ward was plugged into a different kind of world. He was reading neo-Nazi propaganda on the internet about an imminent race war. | Ward began preparing for the conflict. He purchased knives, swastika flags, knuckle-dusters,…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-03). ICC Prosecutor Can Spur National Justice. hrw.org Relatives hold pictures of their beloved during a March 6, 2009 march in Bogota against the "false positive" killings and enforced disappearances allegedly carried out by Colombian authorities between 2002 and 2008. | © 2009 Mauricio Duenas/AFP/Getty Images | (The Hague) — The prosecutor's office at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has important leverage to encourage countries to investigate and prosecute grave international crimes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. | The 181-page report, " Pressure Point: The ICC's Impact on National Justice," examines aspects of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor's practices in its preliminary examinations, which determine whether the court's criteria to open a full investigation are met. Human Rights Watch found serious obstacles to justice in national courts, and mixed success in spurring progress in domestic prosecutions…

RT (2018-05-03). US Air Force boasts testing of new nuclear gravity bomb going 'extremely well'. rt.com The US Air Force is boasting of progress in upgrading and testing of its atomic arsenal, under the new aggressive posture that lowers the threshold for use of nuclear weapons and sets Washington on a collision course with Russia.
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RT (2018-05-03). How 9,000 Russian posts disrupted booming US energy market (according to GOP lawmakers). rt.com There is no depth low enough that mischievous Russian trolls won't delve to. With a barrage of 9,097 posts on social media they attempted to disrupt the United States' booming energy market, according to a new US House report.
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RT (2018-05-03). 56% of US voters want Trump to keep Iran nuke deal as deadline looms. rt.com Over half of US voters support the Iran nuclear deal, according to a new poll, as the May 12 deadline for Donald Trump to decide to scramble or save it, approaches.
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RT (2018-05-03). Pompeo is real hawk on Iran & will reinforce Trump's worst tendencies — Peter Kuznick. rt.com Afghanistan was a distraction for George W. Bush and North Korea is the same for Donald Trump. While the former set his sights on Iraq, Trump is after Iran — so says Peter Kuznick, a history professor at American University.
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RT (2018-05-03). Ukraine shielded Manafort from corruption probes to ensure delivery of US missiles — report. rt.com Ukraine froze four corruption investigations into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in order to avoid angering the American president, as the White House finalized a $47 million deal to sell anti-tank missiles to Kiev.
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RT (2018-05-03). 'Blaming interns is so 1990s': Monica Lewinsky blasts Rubio over GOP tax 'flip-flop'. rt.com Monica Lewinsky has thrown a generous amount of shade on Marco Rubio after the Florida Republican hit out at a Politico intern for penning an article accusing the lawmaker of "walking back" his criticisms of the GOP tax bill.
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RT (2018-05-03). Is Kanye West a Kremlin agent? Sure, why not, says Russiagate sage. rt.com Kanye West is a "witting asset of Russian intelligence," because alternative theories, that may explain the rapper's controversial statements, are not nearly as compelling, according to a self-declared intelligence expert.
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RT (2018-05-03). Pentagon bans sale of Chinese 'spy phones' on US military bases. rt.com The Pentagon has banned the sale of Chinese-made Huawei and ZTE phones on US military bases, over fears that they may be hacked and used for espionage purposes by the Chinese government.
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RT (2018-05-03). Twitter meltdown after Boy Scouts announces 'gender neutral' name change. rt.com Boy Scouts of America has announced it will soon be dropping 'Boy' from the organization's name, sending Twitter into outrage and disbelief. Critics of the name change say America's young men are being intentionally emasculated.
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RT (2018-05-03). Cyber-bomb Russia, McCain begs in new book. rt.com The US should cyber-attack Russia in retaliation for all its election meddling, John McCain has argued in a new book. The senator has an excellent track record when it comes to peddling pre-emptive strikes based on dubious claims.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-03). Scant Justice for Palestinian Boy Killed in Protest. hrw.org Nadim Nuwarah, 17, in Ramallah in 2014. On May 15, 2014, an Israeli border officer fatally shot Nadim in a protest near Ramallah. | © Siam Nuwarah | May 15 is the fourth anniversary of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Palestinian Nadim Nuwarah by an Israeli border officer at a Nakba day protest near Ramallah. | His family's quest for justice ended on April 25, when an Israeli court handed down a nine-month prison sentence and 50,000NIS (US$13,950) fine for border police officer Ben Dery, who was caught on camera shooting their child. While protestors had thrown stones at the Israeli security forces, the video evidence, witness statements, and medical records seen by Human Rights Watch and others strongly suggested that soldiers shot Nuwarah from about 60 meters away even though he posed no…

Will Podmore (2018-05-02). The Making of the EU Army. counterpunch.org During the 2016 referendum those who warned that the EU was developing its own army were dismissed as fantasists. Instead, we were told the EU had kept the peace in Europe. The truth is totally different… It only takes a quick look at its history to confirm that the EU was not born as a More

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

Patrick Cockburn (2018-05-02). Netanyahu's Performance Only Proves Exactly Why Iran Nuclear Deal Needs to Remain in Place. counterpunch.org The trove of Iranian documents about its nuclear programme presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as proof of Tehran's duplicity contain nothing of substance that was not known before. Though the disclosure was made in order to justify President Donald Trump torpedoing the Iran nuclear deal on 12 May, Mr Netanyahu was unable to find any More

Adam Johnson (2018-05-02). 10 of the Most Sociopathic Washington Post Columns. fair.org For casually threatening economic ruin, inciting violence against entire populations, pushing for bombing faceless Muslims, or downplaying racism and child rape, there's no better outlet than long-time echo chamber of power-serving conventional wisdom, the Washington Post. In the pages of the Post opinion section, you can say the most sociopathic things and get away with it, because you are, by definition, Serious People offering Serious Solutions in a Serious Paper. | The human cost of these extreme, reactionary opinions is of little matter; what matters is packaging calls for violence, sexism and racism in a nice, official-sounding tone. Here, in no particular order, are ten of the most sociopathic columns published under the Washington Post banner: | If You Really Want to Bomb Iran, Take the Deal: Austin Long ( 4/3/15) | The Iran nuclear deal "increases the benefits and reduces the…

Media Matters Staff, Media Matters (2018-05-02). Hannity Guest Makes Bizarre Claim That White Conservatives Are Only Group with 'No Protection&#039. alternet.org She also said white conservatives are becoming a minority, despite fact that far-right controls government. | From the May 2 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Sean Hannity Show: KATIE HOPKINS: I know in the country in which I live if I was to put up the name of let's say a black politician, someone from the BAME community or indeed a Labour MP who is a female. I know within the day I would be picked up by the police. Partly because of my reputation as a conservative, and partly because it would be seen as inciting racial hatred. And the curious thing is, always, is that the conservatives and particularly white conservatives are the only kind of grouping that have no protection whatsoever either in the marketplace or politically. And that's a very curious thing. I guess as we become minorities. . .

Ramzy Baroud (2018-05-02). Gazan Gandhis: Gaza Bleeds Alone as 'Liberals' and 'Progressives' Go Mute. counterpunch.org Three more Palestinians were killed and 611 wounded last Friday, when tens of thousands of Gazans continued their largely non-violent protests at the Gaza-Israel border. Yet as the casualty count keeps climbing — nearly 45 dead and over 5,500 wounded — the deafening silence also continues. Tellingly, many of those who long chastised Palestinians for More

Tim King (2018-05-02). How Western Meddling and a Dust Bowl Drought Ignited Syria's Civil War. mintpressnews.com The truth behind the United States' incessant desire to force regime change in Syria is unknown to the vast majority of Americans. The players are not who they seem to be, the facts are highly different from what traditional Western media outlets report.

Whitney Webb (2018-05-02). New Report Reveals Involvement of 7,000 UK personnel in Saudi-Led Bombing of Yemen. mintpressnews.com While criticism leveled against the U.K. government for its involvement in Yemen has focused on the country's arms sales to Saudi Arabia, newly published government documents reveal that the U.K.'s complicity in the conflict runs much deeper.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-02). MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Unpacks the Wild Story of How Ukraine Thwarted Mueller to Win Favor with Trump. alternet.org The country decided to stop participating in the special counsel's investigation — and then the U. S. government decided to offer military assistance. | MSNBC's Rachel Maddow dug into a stunning New York Times story Wednesday that found the Ukrainian government deliberately stopped cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation in order to gain favor with President Donald Trump's administration. The gambit appears to have worked — Ukraine eventually received military aid from the U. S. government. But the report may raise even more important questions than the those that it answers. "We now know, based on this remarkable new report from Andrew Kramer in the New York Times today, that this government in this other country spiked those investigations, spiked the offer for their prosecutors to cooperate with Mueller, specifically to curry favor with Donald Trump and the U. S. government," Maddow said. "'Cause they. . .

Mark Kernan (2018-05-02). The Past is Never Past: Collusion in Northern Ireland. counterpunch.org Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn The past is never dead. It's not even past, William Faulkner said. The dark secrets of Northern Ireland's dirty war seem more intent, year by year, on proving Faulkner's maxim truer than many could ever More

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

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-02). Rudy Giuliani Contradicts Trump and Says the President Funded the Stormy Daniels Hush Money Payment. alternet.org Michael Cohen and the president both said Trump knew nothing about the $130,000 payment. | In a stunning departure from President Donald Trump's own account, Rudy Giuliani, acting as the president's lawyer, said that Trump himself financed the $130,000 hush money payment to Stephanie Clifford (known as Stormy Daniels) to keep quiet about an alleged affair. Trump has previously denied having any knowledge of this payment, and his lawyer Michael Cohen has said he paid the money out of his own funds. Giuliani's contradictory remarks came Wednesday night in conversation with Fox News' Sean Hannity. The payment has been reported to be a subject of a federal investigation of Cohen. Some have argued that the payment was a campaign finance violation. Guiliani said, "That money was not campaign money. Sorry — I'm giving you a fact now that you don't know. It's not campaign money!

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon (2018-05-02). Robert Mueller Already Has the Answer to His 49 Questions. alternet.org Donald Trump does stuff because he feels like it. Asking what motivated him won't get Mueller's inquiry anywhere | Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask a whole lot of questions of Donald Trump that begin with the word, "what. " What did Trump know about Michael Flynn's phone calls to Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? What was the purpose of Trump's private dinner with James Comey in January of 2016? What was the purpose of Trump's calls to Comey last year? What efforts did Trump make to get Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation? What was the purpose of Trump's criticism of Sessions? What Mueller really wants to know is "why? " Why did Flynn call Kislyak, why did Trump have Comey to dinner, why did Trump try to change Sessions' mind about recusal? But asking Trump why he did anything, why. . .

John Wojcik (2018-05-02). Justice ok'd subpoena threat; Trump finances not on Mueller's list. peoplesworld.org The last two days have seen explosive developments in the probe of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the affairs of President Trump and those around him. The Washington Post reported yesterday that in March Mueller told Trump's lawyers that he had the power to subpoena Trump if the president did not submit to an interview. […]…

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

Brian Horejsi (2018-05-02). Extinction: a Deplorable Failure. counterpunch.org In April 2018 Canada's most southerly caribou population, one shared by British Columbia and Idaho, dwindled to three animals, all females. Along with numerous other scientists and honest activists, I expected this, and predicted it 30 years ago when the population already numbered only 40; Extinction looms not because caribou were or are somehow malfunctioning More

AlterNet (2018-05-02). Watch MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell Crack Up as They Discuss Giuliani's Stormy Daniels Admission. alternet.org The pair of hosts seemed giddy and baffled by the president's lawyer's stunning revelation. | MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell was responsible for informing his colleague Rachel Maddow late Wednesday night about the latest breaking news in the Stormy Daniels case, and they were both grinning and laughing as they discussed the developments. "Rudy Giulian went on the other network, went on Fox News, and he stayed on longer than he should have because that's when he got to the Stormy Daniels admission," O'Donnell said. "Rudy Giuliani, telling Sean Hannity — who was asking good questions about this stuff — that the president reimbursed Michael Cohen for the $130,000. ""Did the president flat-out say that he didn't pay Stormy Daniels — you had to ask Michael Cohen, Michael Cohen dealt with that, he didn't know anything about that? " Maddow asked. "And now his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani,. . .

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