2018-05-04: News Headlines

Daniel Ross, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-04). How the U.S. Military Played a Role in America's Obesity Crisis. alternet.org Seventy percent of products found in a typical supermarket have origins in the military's food experiments. | But it turns out that a considerable quantity of these items exist as a result of food-preservation experiments first conducted by the military, at the nexus of which is the Natick Soldier Systems Center, the U. S. Army's food science lab in Massachusetts. What's more, the military has partnered for decades with private corporations and state universities in order to refine these innovations and to disseminate them as widely into civilian life as possible—a partnership with a federal mandate, it should be noted. Some experts estimate that as many as 70 percent of products found in a typical supermarket originate with, or are influenced by, these experiments conducted by the military. But as Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of the well-received 2015 book Combat-Ready. . .

Robert Koehler (2018-05-04). Peace and the Nuclear Paradox. counterpunch.org Whenever the topic is nuclear weapons, I remain in a state of disbelief that we can talk about them "strategically" — that language allows us to maintain such a distance from the reality of what they do, we can casually debate their use. Consider, in the context of the sudden rush of alarming news that More

Susan Block (2018-05-04). Incel Therapy, Bonobo-Style. counterpunch.org Come with me down a rabbit hole of hate. It's a hellish, harrowing, blood-stained journey, but it just might lead to a bonoboà´sque way of life that is peaceful, egalitarian and sexy. Last Monday, a single white 25-year-old male drove a van down a busy street in Toronto, veering into a crowd of people, killing 10 and More

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-05-04). Peace With North Korea: Not an Impossible Dream. counterpunch.org Calls for talks made by China and Russia, as well as the worldwide outcry for them, outweighed U.S. threats of war and got the two Koreas to sit down and speak and dialogue to prevailed over the cannons, at least for the moment.. Trump's aggressiveness had to give in to reason, and what seemed less More

Medea Benjamin (2018-05-04). Wake Up and Stop the Madness of a War With Iran. truthdig.com The Iran nuclear deal is on the verge of sinking on May 12, when Donald Trump will decide whether or not to waive the nuclear-related sanctions, as the deal calls for. While the world is cheering the upcoming meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (including Trump's fans calling for a Nobel Peace Prize), Trump is needlessly and recklessly driving our nation down a path toward war with Iran—and neither Congress nor the American people seem to care. | French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, fearing the consequences of a broken deal, visited the White House. Macron tried to appease Trump by suggesting new agreements to the deal, something Iran's government views as ludicrous. According to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani—who has been subjected to enormous domestic criticism for striking a deal with Washington only to…

WTWJ (2018-05-04). FARC Leader Santrich faces extradition; Colombian peace process in peril. peoplesworld.org On April 9 prospects for peace in Colombia took a hit. That day agents of the Colombian government arrested FARC leader Jesús Santrich. He faces extradition to the United States. Santrich began a hunger strike immediately. At this writing he's in a hospital. In a message sent from Bogota's La Picota prison, he bade farewell […]…

teleSUR (2018-05-04). Pence Outlines Interventionist Plans in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Ramping up interventionist rhetoric and policy against progressive governments in the region, United States Vice President Mike Pence said working for "freedom" in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela is a priority for Donald Trump's administration during a ceremony in which new U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Carlos Trujillo, was sworn in. | "We will stay by the side of those who long for freedom and we will confront their oppressors," Pence said during the event in the White House. | During his speech the U.S. vice president singled out Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Of Cuba he said the island continued to live "under tyrannical legacy," using terminology and rhetoric used by right-wing Cuban Americans against the communist government of Cuba. | Later it was Nicaragua's turn. Pence accused Daniel Ortega's government of "brutally repressing" peaceful protesters, a common allegation used…

Abel Cohen (2018-05-04). Why Don't You Hate America, Even a Little? counterpunch.org Shooting and raping everyone because we're just so free! Can't be helped neither, because dead Connecticut kindergarteners and Columbine christians are just the price we must pay for freedom. Several generations of rape victims too. And if this isn't really happening‚Ää—‚Ääit's actually just crisis actors paid by the gun control lobby and ugly feminists making More

Christopher Brauchli (2018-05-04). The Method of Missouri's Madness. counterpunch.org Missouri is back. It encounters the death penalty repeatedly, and its encounters serve as reminders of what a great country we live in. We are willing to endlessly discuss and litigate how best to implement the death penalty. One of our greatest attributes is that in proper circumstances (and before an execution takes place), the person More

Stanley L. Cohen (2018-05-04). The Apprentice: the Education of Mohammed bin Salman. counterpunch.org Like an empty rap of Kanye West, Mohammed bin Salman relishes his meteoric rise to the world stage where he is known simply as MBS. Shifting between traditional look and Gucci flash, depending on his imperial sale of the moment, he enjoys the trappings of endless wealth and political power without understanding, let alone exercising, any of its sophisticated, nuanced responsibility. Nor has he displayed an expansive mark of humanity in his reach for autocratic role. More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-04). Trump, Netanyahu Keep Taking Shots at Iran Deal While Rest of World Shakes Its Head. mintpressnews.com Trump has raised the hackles of global powers by marching lock-step with Israel, which has persistently tried to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal while ironically claiming that Iran is building its arsenal to menace its neighbors.

John Laforge (2018-05-04). Russian Sea Monsters: Rudderless Reactors on the High Seas. counterpunch.org Did you hear the one about the Exxon Valdez, Fuku-Chernobyl, Gulf Oil Titanic? Yeah: Russia floated two nuclear reactors on a bargeto power oil rigs in the Arctic Ocean and nothing went wrong! Unsatisfied with trouncing Japan at the Winter Olympics, 14 gold medals to four, Moscow wants to topple Tokyo as Oceanic Polluter No. More

Ralph Nader (2018-05-04). Wake Up to Trump, Distraction and War with Iran. counterpunch.org In mid-May, super-war hawks Donald J. Trump (worried about the Mueller investigation), John Bolton, Trump's new unconfirmed national security advisor, and new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are likely to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord. This would open the way for Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Congressional allies to push for More

Gareth Porter (2018-05-04). Netanyahu's Evidence Wasn't Just Old, Some of It Was Fabricated. mintpressnews.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim in his theatrical 20-minute presentation of an Israeli physical seizure of Iran's "atomic archive" in Tehran would certainly have been the "great intelligence achievement" he boasted if it had actually happened. But the claim does not hold up under careful scrutiny, and his assertion that Israel now possesses a vast documentary record of a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program is certainly fraudulent. | Netanyahu's tale of an Israeli intelligence raid right in Tehran that carted off 55,000 paper files and another 55,000 CDs from a "highly secret location" requires that we accept a proposition that is absurd on its face: that Iranian policymakers decided to store their most sensitive military secrets in a small tin-roofed hut with nothing to protect it from heat (thus almost certainly ensuring loss of data on CDs within a few years)…

Ben Swann (2018-05-04). Who is Funding the Syrian Civil Defense? mintpressnews.com The White Helmets have ties to organizations that are being funded by governments that have been seeking, and right now continue to, seek to overthrow the Assad government and to establish a new regime in Syria.

Edward Curtin (2018-05-04). Though Invisible to Us, Our Dead Are Not Absent. counterpunch.org Those titular words were sent to me by Fr. Daniel Berrigan shortly before he died. It is a glorious spring day as I write. The day my father died was also glorious, and I cried like a baby. It was 25 years ago today, May 1, 1993. To the young it must seem like a More

Nick Pemberton (2018-05-04). Bush Ethics: The New Democrats. counterpunch.org Democrat Al Franken agreed to resign from his post as a Minnesota Senator after eight women accused him of sexual harassment. When Franken was ousted I remarked that I would shed no tears for him, and that remains the case. But Franken was perhaps the target of a Republican smear campaign. Donald Trump's former campaign More

Martin Billheimer (2018-05-04). Frankenstein's Burden. counterpunch.org Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay? — John Donne The certainty that an objective science will always win out looks pretty doubtful by now, given how convincingly the unscientific takes on the guise of the scientific. There is certainly a scientific language, but we are confused about what Science is itself. It More

George Wuerthner (2018-05-04). The National Forests Should be Off Limits to Logging. counterpunch.org Logging, conducted ostensibly to "thin the forest," "reduce fuels" or for so-called "restoration," causes a net loss of carbon from forest ecosystems. One of the best strategies for reducing CO2 levels is by protecting our forests. Yet few environmental groups, even those who focus on climate change, advocate for the reduction of logging on federal More

David Yearsley (2018-05-04). The Musical Tastes of Spring. counterpunch.org All traces of snow are at last gone from the picturesque nineteenth-century cemetery in Ithaca, New York. Down below in the nearby the Cascadilla Gorge the creek gathers momentum from late-arriving spring's rain. Just beyond the graveyard the fraternity brothers will soon emerge from their beer-soaked dens to bask in the spring sunshine and advertise More

Paul Street (2018-05-04). Corporate Democrats: The 'Values' and 'Vision' of an Inauthentic Opposition. mintpressnews.com Average Americans, whose economic survival is threatened, have no political party to represent them, including deceptive Democrats who claim to be their champions and blame others when their deception fails.

Nick Licata (2018-05-04). Seattle's Legacy of Student Protests: an Interview with Kit Bakke. counterpunch.org As spring arrived thousands of teens left their schools across the country to "March For Our Lives" to call upon politicians to change laws to improve school safety, stop mass shootings and end gun violence. Young people leading movements isn't new. In fact, back in May of 1970, I arrived in Seattle to 6,000 students More

Michael Berkowitz (2018-05-04). 'The Chinese Exclusion Act': PBS documentary shows commonalities with current immigration struggles. peoplesworld.org Li-Shin Yu and Ric Burns' documentary The Chinese Exclusion Act is the story of the welcome that the United States gave to Chinese immigrants. There is much to be learned from this excellent history of how the self-proclaimed "nation of immigrants" treated the would-be Chinese settlers. The film does three things extraordinarily well: It describes […]…

The Conversation (2018-05-04). Those New Employment Numbers Trump Is Bragging About Look Great Because They Don't Tell the Full Story. alternet.org Students, retirees and others not in the labor force are excluded | The latest jobs report has gotten a lot of analysts, policymakers and talking heads once again asking whether the U. S. is at full employment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 4 that the U. S. unemployment rate fell to 3. 9 percent, which is the lowest level since December 2000. The unemployment rate includes anyone 16 or older who is actively searching for work in its calculation, which means students, retirees and others not in the labor force are excluded. Does this mean the economy is at full employment? What is full employment anyway? To the typical person on Main Street, the idea of full employment usually means everyone in the country is working, which would imply a jobless rate of essentially zero. This has never happened. The lowest unemployment. . .

Dean Baker (2018-05-04). If NYT Likes Stronger Copyright, That Doesn't Make It 'Free Trade'. fair.org New York Times ( 5/3/18) | Many folks in the media seem to think it is part of their job to promote trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—not only in opinion pages, but in the news section, too. The New York Times ( 5/3/18) gave us yet another example of this effort in a piece on a hotly contested congressional race in Washington. | At one point, the piece tells readers that the TPP "would have reinforced the nation's embrace of free trade." This is not true. | The TPP had relatively little to do with free trade, in the sense of reducing tariffs and other traditional trade barriers. The United States already had trade agreements with six of the other eleven countries in the pact, and trade barriers were already low with most of the other countries. | The…

Ron Jacobs (2018-05-04). Korea, an Alternative History. counterpunch.org For decades, consumers of the US media have been fed a series of repeated lies concerning the status of northern Korea. Tales of mass starvation and brutal torture are told over and over, occasionally updated but essentially the same as those told when Washington first realized it could not defeat the national forces headquartered in Pyongyang. More

Staff (2018-05-04). Arizona Students Back in Class After Six-Day Teacher Strike. truthdig.com The state's educators win a 20-percent pay raise by 2020 after a walkout that was part of a bubbling national uprising over low pay and school funding.

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-04). May Day Repression Reveals Savagery of U.S. Colonialism, Resilience of Puerto Rico's People. mintpressnews.com The island remains a stomping ground for U.S. corporations and the U.S. Armed Forces, which maintain significant military infrastructure across the island. Meanwhile, the over 3 million citizens on the island are denied their basic rights to self-determination.

Jim Naureckas (2018-05-04). How Did Benghazi Become a Ruin? NYT Ignores US Role—in Multiple Media. fair.org New York Times Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh went to Benghazi, Libya, which is in ruins, to find out how it got that way. | "When I went to Benghazi, I was guided by one main question: How did the city come to this?" he declares in his multimedia presentation, which combines text, audio, video and large-format photography. One thing that's not conveyed via any medium, though: Seven years ago, the United States and its allies used military force to overthrow Libya's government. The country has been in almost continual civil war since then, which you would think would be crucial in explaining "how the city came to that." But apparently you don't think like a New York Times bureau chief. | The thing is, when President Barack Obama—egged on by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—called for an attack on Libya, the…

Louis Proyect (2018-05-04). Nicaraguan Contradictions. counterpunch.org Last Friday my friend Michael Meeropol asked me what I thought was going on in Nicaragua. He had read an article on Portside titled "Nicaragua: Next in Line for Regime Change?" that alluded to similar events in Libya, Syria and Venezuela, "where extreme right-wing political minorities conspired with foreign elites to overthrow the national status More

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson (2018-05-04). This Is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing. counterpunch.org Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has answered President Trump's call to shrink the social safety net. Carson recently offered a proposal that would triple the rent some of America's poorest families have to pay before they get housing assistance. Housing advocates are appalled. If they're pushed out of public housing, many low-income families could face More

Michael Hudson (2018-05-04). "Creating Wealth" Through Debt: the West's Finance-Capitalist Road. counterpunch.org Volumes II and III of Marx's Capital describe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges. This overhead is subjecting today's Western finance-capitalist economies to austerity, shrinking living standards and capital investment while increasing their cost of living and doing business. That is the main reason why they are losing their export markets and becoming de-industrialized. More

Nijmie Zakkiyyah Dzurinko (2018-05-04). Fighting Back in the War on the Poor. counterpunch.org What's the first thing that you think of when you think of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Perhaps the "I have a dream speech"? That's what we learn about in school. But what was King's dream at the end of his life? It was to build a massive movement of all poor people, united across lines More

George Ochenski (2018-05-04). Trump is Wrong About Tester and Montana's Veterans. counterpunch.org Late last week President Trump blasted Montana's senior U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for releasing damaging information on Ronnie Jackson, Trump's personal physician and his nominee to head the massive Veterans Administration. Jon Tester might lose his bid for re-election, just like any other politician, but it will not be because Montana's veterans turn on the More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-04). Arizona teachers win, vow to keep marching through November. peoplesworld.org PHOENIX—Led by a happily blaring brass band, thousands of Arizona teachers rallied once again on the steps of their state capitol building in Phoenix to hail their legislative win for funds for their schools, kids, and books and better pay for themselves and their support staffers — and to vow they'll keep marching through this […]…

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-04). Trump Seriously Tells Reporters That 'Nobody Wants to Speak' to Mueller 'More Than Me&#039. alternet.org The president also claimed he's done "nothing wrong," despite everything he's overtly done wrong. | President Donald Trump is back to claiming that he would "love to" testify before Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but he'd have to "override" his lawyers because he won't get a fair hearing. "I would love to speak. I would love to. Nobody wants to speak more than me," Trump told reporters before departing from the White House to speak at the NRA convention in Dallas. "I would love to speak because we've done nothing wrong. "The President also falsely claimed that Robert Mueller's team is comprised entirely of Democrats, and threw a jab at Hillary Clinton, calling what would have been her 2016 victory night party a "funeral. " And he called his winning the election "a great day" for America. He also called the investigation into Russia's interference in the. . .

Brian Cloughley (2018-05-04). Another Major Reset in US-Pakistan Relations is Taking Place. counterpunch.org In February 2018 Pakistan's foreign minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, visited Moscow where his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, said that Russia is "planning to continue giving practical assistance in strengthening the counterterrorism potential of your country." This was a welcome statement and decidedly different from the intentions of the US President whose first tweet of the year comprehensively insulted More

Daniel Warner (2018-05-04). Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump: Why Should We Believe Either of Them? counterpunch.org In times of rapid change, what was true yesterday is not necessarily true today. For example, the leader of North Korea has threatened to wipe out Seoul and reduce it to rubble while the government of South Korea has confirmed it has a plan to assassinate President Kim Jong-un. Nonetheless, on April 26, 2018, amid More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-05-04). Roaming Charges: All the President's Lawyers. counterpunch.org + Rudy the Truth-Teller: Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels Non-Disclosure Agreement and repaid Michael Cohen on the installment plan; the NDA was meant to suppress the Daniels story prior to the 2016 election; James Comey is a pervert and pathological liar; Trump fired Comey because the FBI director wouldn't publicly clear him in Russia probe; More

Staff (2018-05-04). Dozens of Palestinians Hurt in Protest on Gaza-Israel Border. truthdig.com Thousands stage a sixth weekly protest in a campaign against a decade-old blockade of the territory that has led to widespread hardship and desperation.

Media Matters Staff, Media Matters (2018-05-04). Right-Wing NRATV Guest Makes Racist Claim That Black People Have an 'Enslaved Mentality&#039. alternet.org His outrageous comments included a jab at the Democratic Party. | From the May 3 edition of NRATV's Stinchfield: GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): So what do you make of all this Kanye stuff? Truthfully, I was surprised, it was well thought out and you look at some of these liberal outlets. They called it a rant, they called it unhinged. I actually thought what he had to say was fairly interesting. BRANDON MORSE (REDSTATE): Most of what he had to say was actually really great to hear. It was just overshadowed by his slavery comments. The slavery comments, however, if you actually just — following what he was saying was, what he was talking about was the mentality of being enslaved and how that's a choice, that's something you can break free from. It was not easy to get that from what he was. . .

Chuck Collins (2018-05-04). My Advice to High School Grads: Learn a Trade. counterpunch.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 "voc-ed," the result of snobbery toward certain occupations. Yes, there's also the shameful practice of tracking low-income whites and More

Elise Gould (2018-05-04). Jobless rate drops, but for the wrong reason. peoplesworld.org

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-05-04). Trump And Giuliani Try a New Strategy: Doubling Down on Total Idiocy. alternet.org Not knowing is the new knowing. | Donald Trump's most visible attorney was back on the air on Wednesday to "clarify" what he said the previous two days by throwing over them a blanket claim of ignorance. President Donald Trump only recently found out that he reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 nondisclosure agreement with adult performer Stormy Daniels just days before the 2016 election, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed Thursday. . . . "I don't think the president realized he paid him (Cohen) back for that specific thing until we (his legal team) made him aware of the paperwork," he said. Giuliani said the president responded, "'Oh my goodness, I guess that's what it was for. '"Which, of course, is a reversal of Giuliani's claims earlier that Trump was aware that Cohen was being paid back for the Daniels payments, and that. . .

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-04). As IDF Uses Gaza Protesters for Shoot-to-Maim Target Practice, Israel Argues Human Rights Don't Apply to this "War" mintpressnews.com The manner in which protesters, including children, have been injured — live ammunition fired at the groin, neck, limbs, and abdomen — suggests that Israeli troops intentionally aim to inflict maximum physical harm on the civilian participants in the marches.

Jill Richardson (2018-05-04). Want to Attract Women? Try Not Hating Us. counterpunch.org The recent attack in Toronto by a man who identifies as an "incel" has called attention to the disturbing and flourishing online incel community. "Incel" stands for "involuntarily celibate." These are straight men who, frustrated by their lack of romantic success, channel their feelings into hatred of women. Some even resort to violence. In Toronto, More

Stephen Martin (2018-05-04). Disabusing Big Brother's Dark Cloud. counterpunch.org I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS What? How'd you manage that one? Zuck: People just submitted it. Zuck: I don't know why. Zuck: They "trust me" Zuck: Dumb f*cks Mark Zuckerberg , — chatting with an unnamed friend. Over the last 12 months, I have seen five different managing directors refer to their More

Staff (2018-05-04). Setback for LGBT Adoptions in Oklahoma. truthdig.com Legislators vote to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBT homes. In Kansas, lawmakers are close to passing a similar measure.

Olivia Alperstein (2018-05-04). How Elites Scam Americans Out of Housing. counterpunch.org The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Ben "I've Never Had to Worry about Affording Housing" Carson, wants to triple the rent that low-income American families pay for federally subsidized housing. Yep, this is the same guy who spent $31,000 of taxpayer money on a table and chairs. He's trying to make it harder for More

Dov Waxman (2018-05-04). As Israel Turns 70, Young American Jews Turn Away. mintpressnews.com For many, their problem with Israel is not just its current prime minister, its government's policies and its nearly 51-year-long occupation of the West Bank. It is also Israel itself that they are uncomfortable with, specifically its identity as a Jewish state.

John W. Whitehead (2018-05-04). While America Feuds, the Police State Shifts Into High Gear. counterpunch.org "Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in More

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-04). House Republicans Don't Want to Talk About the Funding for Trump's Creepy Military Parade. alternet.org As many children in America go to bed hungry, the president wants to throw a parade to boost his fragile ego. | Donald Trump wants a military parade to make himself feel big and manly, and House Republicans are prepared to give him what he wants: The display in Washington would be authorized under the Republican-proposed draft for the annual defense policy measure, according to a bill summary released Friday. The measure is scheduled to be taken up by the House Armed Services Committee on May 9. Yay! Trump's pretensions to dictatorship are poised to come to life! One small issue, though: A committee Republican spokesman said Friday that specific funding for the parade isn't set in the legislation. Eh, funding is never a problem when it comes to Republican priorities. But you can bet that at the same time as the money for Trump's. . .

Renee Parsons (2018-05-04). Florida's Senate Race: Does It Matter? counterpunch.org In recognition that the two party system is little more than an innocuous venue for the election of empty vessels on both sides of the political spectrum, the 2018 Senate race in Florida is one such prime example. Florida print media, in an effort to build readership, has referred to the race as the "clash More

Paul Street (2018-05-04). Against Holocaust Denial. counterpunch.org Photo source Ben Tilley | CC BY 2.0 | Recently I read an "anti-Zionist" Internet rant posted by a person who questioned the historical accuracy of the well-known and heavily documented fact that many millions of Jewish people were genocidally murdered by the German Nazi Third Reich. | The rant-maker was on solid empirical and moral ground in denouncing the despicable behavior of the United States-backed Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) towards Palestinian people in the Israeli-Occupied Territories and particularly in Gaza. Israel's abuse of the Palestinians — recently including the open sniper-slaughter of unarmed protesters on Israel-Gaza border — is one of the most egregious human rights atrocities of our time. It's hard to fathom the murderous immorality of how Israel molests the people trapped in the open-air prison that is Gaza and how Israel mistreats the Palestinians more broadly.

Staff (2018-05-04). Twitter Advises Users to Change Their Passwords. truthdig.com The company says it discovered a bug that stored passwords in an internal log in an unprotected form, although there's no indication of a breach or that any passwords were misused.

Dan Corjescu (2018-05-04). Kafka's Laws of Modern Day Totalitarianism. counterpunch.org We live in a world of mass surveillance. A world directed by elites for elites. However, for most of us, our daily lives are expressed by the French saying metro, boulot, dodo (metro, work, sleep). Yet, at any time for anyone and for any reason the seeming safety of everyday life could change in an instant. Franz Kafka More

Joshua Frank (2018-05-04). Nestlé's Profits Trump Clean Water in Flint. counterpunch.org Screw the people of Flint, or so goes the mantra of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), which last month approved a controversial permit that will allow Nestlé to pump and bottle 400 gallons of fresh water per minute from the state's White Pine Springs, near the Osceola Township. Meanwhile, back in Flint, residents More

The Conversation (2018-05-04). Michigan Tells Residents That Flint Water Is Safe Now—But Public Trust Is Totally Eroded. alternet.org People aren't confident in the veracity of the government's claims. | On April 6, 2018, with little warning, the state of Michigan closed water point of distribution (POD) centers that have provided residents in Flint for the past three years with bottled water to drink, cook and bathe. This move was based on analysis showing that the city's water quality had tested below action levels defined in federal drinking water regulations for nearly two years. The state's decision to close the PODs signals that with respect to water quality, Flint's water crisis is over. But for thousands of Flint residents, the trauma it inflicted persists. The actions that lead up to the Flint water crisis did not occur in a vacuum. As a sociologist based in Michigan, whose research focuses on social inequality, racism and racial health disparities, I was driven to explore. . .

Chauncey K. Robinson (2018-05-04). New generation changing politics in Newark, New Jersey. peoplesworld.org

C. L. Cook (2018-05-04). The Fault in Our Stars: Requiem for a Hollywood Fat Cat. counterpunch.org Let's all give it up for the #MeToo movement. Sexual assault and abuse is a scourge older than Methuselah. Since the beginning of recorded time, Patriarchy has made a Hell on Earth for women and girls. It continues to do so, and the fact Harvey Weinstein's career immolation served to spark awareness and activism going More

Franklin Lamb (2018-05-04). Syria's New "Law Number Ten" Devastates Sunni Refugees. counterpunch.org Just seven days remain until the 5/11/2018 deadline for 12-13 million Syrian refugees fleeing the continuing carnage in their country to prove property ownership and hopefully avoid the current regime auctioning it. These millions, the majority of whom are Sunni and many suspected of wanting a new government, stand to lose their homes and property More

Julie Wark (2018-05-04). Anything Can Happen Anywhere to Anyone at Any Time. counterpunch.org Review of Pankaj Mishra, 2017, Age of Anger: A History of the Present, Allen Lane. In a recent brief article titled "On Rages, Disgusts and Nauseas" the Argentine philosopher María Julia Bertomeu evokes Aristotle's thoughts on anger when discussing the nauseating, infuriating "constant lying" of her country's rulers, and singles out some important distinctions Aristotle More

Mr. Fish (2018-05-04). Does Anyone Else Smell Smoke? truthdig.com

Nino Pagliccia (2018-05-04). Venezuelan Consul: Transparency is at the Heart of the Electoral System for the May 20 Elections in Venezuela. counterpunch.org On May 20th Venezuelans will exert their right to elect their president and other local officials. It will be the 25thtime that election of any type, and the fifth presidential election to take place since 1999 when Hugo Chavez was elected president. Venezuelans take great pride in this fact in a region that has seen far More

CounterSpin (2018-05-04). Ellen Schrecker on the New McCarthyism. fair.org Media…

Norman Ball (2018-05-04). The Interminable Advance of World War 3. counterpunch.org The current war-shrieking is irrevocably lashed to the over-extendedness of the West's aggregate balance sheet. Somewhere in the basement of the NY Fed the Mother of All Spreadsheet's (MOAS) burgeoning cells are starting to acquaint, of necessity, with scientific notation. A key leverage point has been reached if not surpassed. The terminal cycle in a More

Stanley Cohen (2018-05-04). The Miseducation of Mohammed bin Salman. mintpressnews.com Perhaps, when next in New York City, Crown Prince bin Salman's time would be better spent were he to stop and ask people of color, Native Americans, the LGTBQ community, immigrants, refugees, the elderly, unwell and US Muslims about America's cultural influence.

Chris Wright (2018-05-04). Our Passive Society. counterpunch.org Sitting alone in my room watching videos on Youtube, hearing sounds from across the hall of my roommate watching Netflix, the obvious point occurs to me that a key element of the demonic genius of late capitalism is to enforce a crushing passiveness on the populace. With social atomization comes collective passiveness—and with collective passiveness comes More

Gary Leupp (2018-05-04). Trump's Explanation for the Hush-Money. counterpunch.org Trump's most specific discussion to date about the Stormy Daniels hush money, via tweet: "Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA. These More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-04). AFL-CIO launches study of state of work and of unions. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Saying workers are buffeted by automation, globalization and robotics, which threaten high joblessness, and firms robbing them of bargaining power to fight back and get jobs in the looming new economy, the AFL-CIO launched a year-long study of the state of work and the state of U.S. unions. Replying to a mandate from […]…

Staff (2018-05-04). Trump Sets North Korea Summit, Keeps Details Secret. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump offered his latest teaser Friday for a historic U.S. summit with North Korea: The time and place have been set but he's not saying when and where. | Trump also pushed back on a report that he's considering the withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea. | Earlier this week, Trump expressed a preference for holding the "big event" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the demilitarized zone or DMZ between the two Koreas. He also said Singapore was in contention to host what will be the first summit of between a U.S. and a North Korean leader. | "We now have a date and we have a location. We'll be announcing it soon," Trump told reporters Friday from the White House South Lawn before departing for Dallas. He's previously said the summit was planned for…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-05-04). Six Animal Rights Activists Charged With Felonies for Investigation and Rescue That Led to Punishment of a Utah Turkey Farm. theintercept.com With the agricultural industry's "ag-gag" laws dying in court, it appears to be turning to new tactics to silence activists and journalists who expose its abuses.

RT (2018-05-04). Detroit radio station bans Kanye West's music, starts #MuteKanye movement. rt.com A Detroit radio station announced that it will no longer play Kanye West's music, after the rapper called 400 years of slavery "a choice" for black Americans.
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RT (2018-05-04). State Dept condemns journalist killings, except ones by Israeli soldiers. rt.com Speaking on World Press Freedom Day, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert preached freedom from oppression for all journalists — unless they are Palestinian and the oppressor is Israel.
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RT (2018-05-04). 'Fountains of lava': Dramatic video shows scale of Mount Kilauea eruption in Hawaii (PHOTO,VIDEO). rt.com Hawaiian residents have captured jaw-dropping footage showing ash-filled skies and streams of molten lava on streets surrounding the erupting Kilauea Volcano.
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RT (2018-05-04). Lava outbreak triggers evacuations in Hawaii amid fears of imminent eruption (VIDEOS). rt.com People in the vicinity of the Big Island's Kilauea crater are being evacuated as lava threatens residential areas, after the most active volcano in Hawaii was disturbed by hundreds of small quakes and started shooting out ash.
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RT (2018-05-04). Jade Helm drills conspiracy fueled by… Russian bots, claims ex-CIA top spook. rt.com The almighty Russian bots were to blame for panic and paranoia around military drills held in Texas and six other states in 2015, claims former CIA head Michael Hayden. As is the tradition with bot theories, he cites zero proof.
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RT (2018-05-04). 'Clear violation of policy': Footage of Miami cop brutally kicking man in head goes viral (VIDEO). rt.com A police officer in Miami has been suspended from duty after a video showing him delivering a running kick to the head of a man prone and in handcuffs surfaced on social media. |
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RT (2018-05-04). Facebook snags another Democrat lobbyist as govt affairs expert. rt.com Facebook has hired another top Democrat staffer to its lobbying team, in a year that's seen the social media giant spend $3.3 million on lobbying so far. |
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RT (2018-05-04). NBC eats another fake news sandwich after correcting explosive 'wiretap' story. rt.com NBC has walked back an explosive story claiming that President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen had his phones tapped by federal investigators. The high-profile gaffe is the network's latest adventure in bungled reporting.
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RT (2018-05-04). Mystery of serial high school pooper solved after bizarre CCTV revelation. rt.com When a New Jersey school installed CCTV to find the person responsible for the human feces found daily on its playing fields, staff couldn't have expected the footage to reveal the school superintendent as the secret defecator.
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RT (2018-05-04). 'Cyber domain will define next century of warfare': Pentagon raises status of US Cyber Command. rt.com US Cybercom has been elevated to a combatant command, a major boost to its power and autonomy in line with a new US strategy to focus on digital threats from Russia, China and Iran.
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Brian Martin (2018-05-04). Is Antifa the Answer to an Effective Anti-Fascist Movement? mintpressnews.com In March, Richard Spencer, a prominent white supremacist, canceled his speaking engagements at U.S. universities, saying he was deterred by "antifa," a loose international network of radical anti-fascist groups that aims to shut down far-right talks and rallies. For antifa members and supporters, Spencer's capitulation was both vindication of their aggressive tactics and a sign of their success in opposing fascism. | These confrontations between far-right activists and antifa groups — on the rise since the election of Donald Trump — are often presented as involving two opposing values: free speech on one side and the danger of allowing fascists to appear in public on the other. What is missing in this framing, however, is an understanding of the dynamics of censorship and of nonviolent action as an alternative. | At the forefront of this clash of values is Mark Bray's…

RT (2018-05-04). Trump has date and place for Kim Jong-un meeting. rt.com President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that a date and location have been set for his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The president said that details would be announced soon.
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Deconstructed (2018-05-04). Will the Media Ever Stand Up to Trump? With Judd Apatow. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | When comedian Michelle Wolf ridiculed the brazen dishonesty of the president and his equally deceitful staff, journalists at the White House Correspondents Dinner threw her under the bus. The U.S. media treat politicians with kid gloves; they fawn over them, befriend them, apologize for them. Such behavior was bad enough under previous administrations, but it's reached a breaking point under Donald Trump — a president who, according to James Comey's memos, jokes in private about having reporters locked up and raped behind bars as a way of getting them to give up their confidential sources. On episode seven of Deconstructed, comedian and Hollywood director and producer Judd Apatow joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the…

Sharon Lerner (2018-05-04). How Scott Pruitt Helped Arkansas Poultry Giants Pollute One of Oklahoma's Prettiest Rivers. theintercept.com Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency, took the side of poultry companies and other businesses in Arkansas in a dispute over the pollution of an ecologically sensitive and economically vital watershed, environmental groups say. While he was representing Oklahoma as its attorney general, Pruitt helped to slow the implementation of a plan, forged years ago by both states, to clean a river in his home state. | Even before he was appointed to head the EPA, Pruitt faced questioning about his failure, as Oklahoma attorney general, to implement a standard for phosphorus levels in the Illinois River, which flows from Arkansas into Oklahoma. The river had high levels of phosphorus from animal waste, and poultry producers in Arkansas opposed the standard. In 2013, after receiving contributions from poultry companies that benefited from his inaction, Pruitt agreed to…

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 […]…

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 …

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 …

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

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-03). MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Explains How Absurd Republicans' Efforts to Derail the Mueller Probe Have Gotten. alternet.org "The reason it feels like we're getting to the edge of a cliff," she said, "is because the Justice Department knows exactly what these members of Congress are up to. " | MSNBC's Rachel Maddow explained Thursday night what exactly appears to be going on with congressional Republican's efforts to intimidate the Department of Justice, and the conclusion is deeply troubling. "The reason it feels like we're getting to the edge of a cliff," she said, "is because the Justice Department knows exactly what these members of Congress are up to. "House Republicans have been aggressively demanding documents from top Justice Department officials in recent weeks and months, many of which relate to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. When the department has been slow or reluctant to comply, as it may be with active investigations, Republicans have charged the department leadership of violating the. . .

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 […]…

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. . .

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